• Gauteng Tolerant to Gays - Survey

    A survey has revealed that, Gauteng residents are becoming increasingly tolerant of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer and other sexual orientations (LGBTIAQ).

    Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) executive director, Professor David Everatt, points out that at least 71 percent of the 27 493 respondents believed that the LGBTIAQ+ community deserved equal rights.

    In a press statement, Everatt states that, “37 percent strongly believe that homosexuality is against the values of their community while 56 percent disagree that it is…”

    To read an article titled, “Gauteng tolerant to gays: Survey,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call for SADC States to End Rights Violations

    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch believe the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states as part of measures to improve the lives of its people.

    The three rights organisations draw attention to serious human rights concerns in Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as the regional body prepares to host its 34th Summit of Heads of State and Government from 17-18 August 2014 in Zimbabwe.

    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director, Irene Petras, states that, "SADC's commitment to human rights will come into question if Zimbabwe, as chair of the regional body, does not expedite the process of aligning its laws with the constitution and state institutions do not live up to the regional and international best practices."

    To read an article titled, “SADC - Address members' rights issues - serious concerns in several member countries,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Ban on Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Welcomed

    The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
    The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
    On the substance of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, there was no ruling from this court that struck down the law because not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill, that aside, the decision was welcomed by UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sedibe, who called it a great day for social justice and where the rule of law had prevailed.
    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS welcomes Uganda anti-gay law ban,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call to Make Rights Central to US-Africa Summit

    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.

    Human Rights Watch
  • MSM Recognised For Fighting Homophobia

    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.

  • Govt’s ‘Forced Birth Control’ Criticised

    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.

    Times Live
  • SAHRC Probed Over 500 Racism Cases

    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.

    News 24
  • Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

    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.

    All Africa
  • NGO Recalls Lwandle's Brutal, Violent Eviction

    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.

    News 24
  • SAHRC: School Staff Guilty of Racist Hate Speech

    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.

    Times Live
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