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Law Used to Clamp Down on Protests

Report shows that protestors have been unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle in the Northern Cape.

Bhayiza Miya, a politically and media savvy leader, has lost six of his teeth and a month of his life to community protests in Thembelihle, where he has been arrested, prosecuted and forcefully warned by police to stay away from big gatherings.

One in 10 Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide - UN

A United Nations (UN) report finds that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

Drawing on data from 190 countries, the global report by child welfare agency United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ also reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries.

Botswana Ordered to Provide ARVs to Prisoners

Botswana's High Court orders the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

Justice Bengbame Sechele, ruled that the denial of anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights.

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS supports the challenge against government policy, saying it violated the prisoners' constitutional right to equality, dignity and non-discrimination.

Swazi Govt Clamps Down on Free Speech

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering.
 
Ncongwane, who returned from the United States (US) where he attended a civil society meeting held to coincide with the US-Africa Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, was due to address the gathering on the outcomes of this visit.
 

GBV Hinders Women’s Freedom - Chipatiso

According to Linda Musariri Chipatiso, it seems incongruous that South Africans celebrate Women's Month, yet stories of conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) flood today's headlines.

In her article titled ‘Gender Violence Still Hinders Women's Freedom’, Chipatiso argues that, “Whether it is the abduction of girls in Nigeria, the unending trial of Oscar Pistorius or the young woman raped and murdered last over the weekend because of her sexuality- the horrific immediacy of violence is all too apparent.”

UN Slams Abuse of Albinos

A United Nations (UN) expert has condemned the abuse of young albinos in government care centres in Tanzania, a country where many are killed and their body parts sold as lucky charms.

Alicia Londono, of the UN human rights office, says that after a spike in killings in 2009, the government placed youngsters in children's homes in a desperate effort to defend them.

Londono points out that, “It was a protective measure, and welcome at the beginning,” adding that, “But the conditions are appalling. They are overcrowded, hygiene conditions are very poor.”

SAHRC: Number of SA Schools Declines

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that despite a growing school population, the number of South African schools has declined.

In its new report, the SAHRC says that approximately 2 000 schools have been closed down between 2000 and 2012.
 
SAHRC’s Carmen Abdoll, points out that most of the schools are in the Free State, and believes there is a risk that pupils in those areas are being disadvantaged.

Madonsela: SA, An Unequal Society

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has described South Africa as one of the most unequal societies in the world.

In a speech delivered at the University of Stellenbosch, Madonsela says the country is one of the most unequal society despite the constitutional promises which include the substantive notion of equality.

"Compounding the situation is that poverty and unemployment have worsened and also the fact that, that too follows the contours of racial, gender and other forms of structural inequality or discrimination," she explained.

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…”

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.

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