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SAHRC Slam Businesses for Rights Abuses

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has for the first time exposed human rights violations across multiple local sectors.

In its first report into human rights abuses in the local business sector, the SAHRC is concerned that all the issues raised five years ago by the International Institute for Human Rights and Business in a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council still plague the South African business sector.

Reward for Details on Missing Activism

As pressure mounts on the state to act on the disappearance of journalist and human rights activist, Itai Dzamara, a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) says it is planning to introduce a reward for anyone with information on the missing scribe.
 
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says it is going to start mobilising citizens to demonstrate against Dzamara's continued disappearance.
 

Amankwaa’s Tweets Spark Rage

The fate of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) soccer analyst, Coudjoe Amankwaa, who has sparked outrage with his homophobic comments on Twitter, is still in the balance.
 
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, “We don’t know exactly what happens until management deals with this. We can only comment afterwards. We can only gather what happened when he meets with his bosses.”
 
As outrage at the comments escalated, AIDS activist, Zackie Achmat, called Amankwaa’s tweet “the most ignorant for a while”.
 

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.

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