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.

Swazi Govt Delays Opening Schools

Swaziland’s minister of education and training, Phineas Magagula, announces that the opening of all public and private schools would be delayed by a week.

In a statement sent to media houses, Magagula states that the postponement was due to 'ongoing national duties', a vague reference to the Incwala ceremony, considered by traditionalists to be the Swazi national prayer (also a reference to the annual weeding of the King's fields)

SA Condemns Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation reports that the South African government has condemned the attack on French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people were killed in Paris.

In a statement, Department of International Relations and Cooperation deputy director general, Clayson Monyela states that, “The South African government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on journalists and members of the public in Paris, France...”

200 Families Evicted to Make Space for Mugabe Park

Armed police evict more than 200 families from a farm in eastern Zimbabwe to create space for a game park proposed by first lady Grace Mugabe.

Farmer, Aspinas Makufa declares that, “They ... ordered us to leave, but the government did not provide us with alternative land,” “We have nowhere to go and all our belongings will be damaged as the rains keep pounding.”

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, a nonprofit organisation which foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe, says it dispatched a team of legal practitioners to Mazowe to help stop the ‘illegal evictions’.

Court Ruling Brings Hope to Homosexuals

According to Log Raditlhokwa, a social commentator, many homosexuals and those who support their sexual rights lobby in Botswana and outside the country are elated.

Recently, the Gaborone High Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for government to deny gay and lesbian people the right to register their organisation called Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO).

Diamond Traders Warn NGOs Over Marange

World renowned diamond traders and producers have castigated non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for disseminating falsehoods about human rights violations at the Marange diamond fields.

The diamond chiefs says the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme should stick to issues of certification and not involve itself in human rights.

Advocacy Group to Re-apply for Registration

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) advocacy group states that it will re-apply to register as an organisation.
LEGABIBO will make a fresh application to the country’s registrar of societies, after winning a case in which it challenged government’s refusal to register the organisation.
During an interview, LEGABIBO coordinator, Caine Youngman, declares that, "We are working with our legal team to finalise our registration papers before submission tomorrow."

Court to Hear R2K Applications on Key Points

The High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public.

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says in 2012, a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points, but it was refused.

SA Urged to Tackle Xenophobia and Racism

Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that South Africa urgently needs a national action plan to fight racism and xenophobia.

Pillay, who was addressing the Women's Network in Durban, believes that government should consult the whole community on what form of action needs to be taken to address racism and xenophobia.

Pillay, who is also a former International Criminal Court judge, maintains that: "I am always a human right protector and defender and I will continue to serve but in an informal capacity in whatever way I can."


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