The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says United States (US) President, Barack Obama, should ensure that human rights concerns are a major focus of the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
The organisation argues that rights concerns should not be relegated to meetings in the margins of the summit, which is hosted under the theme ‘Investing in Our Future’ from 4-6 August 2014 in Washington DC.
HRW’s Africa director, Daniel Bekele, points out that, “The Leaders Summit seems to have dispatched Africa’s serious human rights problems to a sideshow, but the summit’s development and security goals hinge on addressing repression, corruption, and the rule of law.”
To read the article titled, “Make human rights central to summit,” click here.Source:Human Rights Watch
Mpumalanga’s Gert Sibande District recognises 24 leaders from the local community of men who have sex with men (MSM) for making a difference in their communities and fighting homophobia.
The Anova Health Institute, in partnership with the Department of Health and national associations of people living with HIV, launched the HIV prevention Boithato Project where MSM are provided with condoms, water-based lubricant and MSM-friendly HIV testing spaces.
The executive mayor of the Msukaligwa Municipality, Sipho Bongwe, says “We will continue supporting their project and work… because this is not only their struggle but ours as well.”
To read the article titled, “Awards recognise leaders among men who have sex with men,” click here.Source:Health-e
Thirty students - 13 of them women - will fly to India today to study pharmacy and ultrasonography but not before 11 young women were implanted with Implanon, a matchstick-size rod inserted in the arm to prevent one from falling pregnant.
One student was advised against taking the contraceptive due to an existing medical condition. Another said she ‘was not ready for it’.
Meanwhile, Research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Lisa Vetten, says though the department is to be commended for making such opportunities available, this did not entitle it to make decisions on behalf of the young women.
To read the article titled, “Uproar over state's 'forced birth control',” click here.Source:Times Live
Over 500 racism-related cases have been reported to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the past year.
SAHRC chairperson of the hearings into transformation at universities in South Africa, Lawrence Mushwana, notes that the complaints were not only in universities, adding that, “In the 2013/2014 financial year, 45 percent of the SAHRC's complaints were race-related and dealt with the right to equality.”
Panel commissioner, Lindiwe Mokate, says black students are targeted in most of the cases, further noting that, “There had been an increase in the 'k-word’ where there is not sufficient respect for each other among students."
To read the article titled, “SAHRC probed over 500 racism cases,” click here.Source:News 24
The new series of the Lancet medical journal, argues that achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the rights of sex workers are recognised.
Researchers state that sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need.
The series presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia, shows that people who sell sex - whether in high or low income countries - are faced with an inconsistent risk and burden of HIV, much of the problem, the authors say, has to do with ‘repressive and discriminatory law, policy and practice.’
To read the article titled, “Sex workers seek HIV prevention,” click here.Source:All Africa
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) states that a young man committed suicide and a woman miscarried following the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town.
Sheena St Clair Jonker, founder of the Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa argues that these are only a few cases she could consult with, adding that “I am trying to assist you in connecting with the real and the authentic."
Testifying at an enquiry investigating the eviction of people from South African National Roads Agency Limited, Jonker declares that she was called by Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement leader, Loyiso Nkohla to consult residents and provide legal services.
To read the article titled, “NGO recalls Lwandle's brutal, violent eviction,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) finds a Bloemfontein school's staff guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils.
In May 2013, The SAHRC investigated allegations that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment by staff, including the principal.
SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says the commission found the names and remarks (kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black bitches) allegedly used by the staff as being hate speech as defined by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
To read the article titled, “SAHRC Finds Free State school staff guilty of racist hate speech,” click here.Source:Times Live
A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.
Sipho Gumedze, a human rights lawyer, says that the two critics - a lawyer and a magazine editor - are considering an appeal.
Lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation magazine, have been charged after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.
To read the article titled, “Two Swazi critics convicted,” click here.Source:News 24
Zambia’s first lady, Christine Kaseba, calls for the introduction of a new law to criminalise perpetrators of early marriages to help curb the vice.
Kaseba states that criminalising the act is the only sure way of fighting early marriages to ensure the protection of the girl-child as well as seeing a reduction in such practices.
She stresses that stiffer penalties need to be established to reduce the current percentage of girls being married off before the age of 17.
To read the article titled, “Criminalise early marriages - Kaseba,” click here.Source:All Africa
Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, says there could be as many as 400 000 valid land claims that can still be lodged by victims of apartheid-era forced removals.
Muthambi says the executive welcome President Jacob Zuma's signing into law of the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act.
"While approximately 80 000 land restitution claims were lodged by the 1998 deadline, it is estimated that there are up to five times as many valid cases that can be brought by victims of apartheid-era forced removals," she explains.
To read the article titled, “Possibly 400 000 valid land claims,” click here.Source:News 24