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Journo Manhandled Outside of Parliament

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has condemned the reported manhandling of a journalist by police outside Parliament.

News24 reporter Jan Gerber says he was forced to delete pictures.

The incident came ahead of President Jacob Zuma's first oral reply session of the year, which will start shortly.

To read the article titled, “Journalist manhandled outside of parliament,” click here.
 

Half of SA Over-Indebted: SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that over half of South Africa's credit-active consumers are over-indebted.

SAHRC Western Cape provincial manager, Karam Singh, points out that, “Of 19 million credit-active consumers in South Africa, 50 percent had impaired credit records, three months plus in arrears.”

Singh says that the macro-economic system that South Africa has continues to favour historical wealth creation and that the country’s economic system perpetuates inequality and is characterised by weak regulatory oversight.

Global Slavery Index Criticised

Joel Quirk and André Broome say that the Global Slavery Index is profoundly flawed methodologically, yet it remains widely and often uncritically cited.

They criticise the ‘Global Slavery Index’, which they describe as ‘the most accurate and comprehensive measure of the extent and risk of modern slavery’.

However, Quirk and Broome are of the view that the Index contains what they call ‘highly suspect statistics’, adding that the inaugural 2013 index had been repeatedly criticised for using unreliable, incomplete and inappropriate data.

Call to Enforce Laws to Protect Women

The United Nations (UN) official driving the global women’s agenda has called on countries to ensure that laws enacted to protect women and girls are enforceable with strict consequences.

UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, points out that, “We will address complete access to education in all countries for girls.”

One in three women across the globe still face forms of sexual and physical violence, something she hopes will be drastically reduced as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Amnesty: Rights Violations on the Rise in SA

The global state of human rights is grim and violations in South Africa are on the rise.

This is the message delivered by Amnesty International Southern Africa director, Deprose Muchena, at the launch of its annual report in Johannesburg.

The worldwide human rights watchdog's global report documents human rights successes and failures in 160 countries and found that police brutality, violence against foreigners and intimidation of the public prosecutor were the most prominent threats to human rights in South Africa in 2014.

Electronic Communication Cut Ahead of SONA

Electronic communication from parliament was cut for several hours ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech on 12 February 2014.

A signal scrambler, said to belong to the military, was found in the press gallery at the National Assembly.

The device prevented journalists - who chanted “Bring Back Our Signal” - MPs and the public from making cellphone calls or tweeting from the parliamentary precinct.

NGO to March for Proper Sanitation

Members of Ses'Khona People's Rights movement say they will take to the streets of Cape Town once again to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor communities.

Nine leaders were found guilty by the Bellville Regional Court last week of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after they threw human waste at the Cape Town International Airport last year.

Members of Ses'Khona say they are planning a big march in Cape Town next month, because despite several attempts to force the city to address sanitation issues, nothing has been done.

Girls Run Away to Avoid FGM

In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations.
 
According to girls’ rights campaigners, in the Tarime district of Mara region, bordering Kenya, the number of girls who fled these illegal rituals at the end of last year doubled to 634 from 312 the year before.
 

SAHRC Urges Govt to Act on Xenophobia

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on the government to act on the ‘sporadic attacks’ on immigrants and the looting of their businesses across the country.

The SAHRC says it has visited some of the communities affected by the attacks which have all the hallmarks of xenophobia, since only foreigners and their property seem to be targeted.

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