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Women Sterilised Without Consent

The Lesotho Chapter of Women and Law - Southern Africa is conducting a study to determine the truth behind reports that HIV-positive women are being sterilised without their consent in public hospitals.

Various HIV positive women claim that they have had their wombs removed, or fallopian tubes tied, without the consultation after their babies were delivered by caesarean section.

The Ministry of Health says it is not aware of the situation, and has called on the women to come forward with information.

Police Accused of Shooting Students

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) claims that the North West police fired rubber bullets and live ammunition on protesting students in Mmabatho.

DENOSA states that while protesting against the closure of the Mmabatho Nursing College, a student leader was assaulted and arrested.

The organisation is appalled by what it calls the reckless actions of police, following the closure of the college nearly two months ago.

Machel Ends Period of Mourning

The Graça Machel Trust says former President, Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, has returned to public life after six months of mourning.

In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "After six months of retreat, mourning the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graça Machel will now return to her active role as a global advocate for women's and children's rights."

Western Cape APD: Social Worker

 The Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a nonprofit organisation, affiliated to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa. The Western Cape APD serves as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, and is active in the prevention of physical disablement.

Western Cape APD seeks to appoint one Social Worker, based in Knysna, Western Cape.

Molo Songololo: Social Worker

Molo Songololo’s programmes aim to advance the rights and protection of children. The organisation provides direct support to children in need of care and protection. The organisation empowers children with skills that builds their human dignity, self-esteem, social confidence, and increase their future prospects. Songololo also educates and trains those who work with children and raise awareness and advocate about children in difficult circumstances.

Molo Songololo seeks to appoint a Social Worker as Manager of our Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP), based in Cape Town.

Court Hears Arguments in ARV Treatment Case

The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
 
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
 

Tutu Leads Swazi Rights Reform Crusade

Nobel peace laureate, Desmond Tutu, and a raft of human rights organisations have signed an open letter demanding reforms from Swaziland's King Mswati III, denouncing arbitrary arrests and prosecutions.

In a letter whose authenticity a Tutu spokesman confirmed, those involved say, "We write to express our concern about the state of freedom of expression, judicial independence, and the rule of law in the Kingdom of Swaziland."

No Gay Rights' Echos State - Minister

Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.

The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.

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