Police Intimidation Continues in Swaziland

Swaziland Police have harassed another progressive, Sifiso Mabuza, deputy secretary of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

About 30 armed police raided his home claiming they were looking for explosives, where they found none. Mabuza told local media the police questioned him about his union activities and threatened him.

Swaziland has a history of attacking workers' rights. It has banned the workers' federation, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland, broken up its meeting and harassed and arrested its leaders.

Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

Organisation Demands Legal Recognition

Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association in 2008 and since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August 2013 but there is still no reply.

UN Launches Campaign to End FGM

The United Nations (UN) has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation, as survivors says it has ‘shattered’ their lives.

UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, points out that, "The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation, our generation."

Speaking during his visit to Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Ban also stated that men and boys must be encouraged to support the fight against FGM, adding that they should be praised when they do.

Improved Conditions at Modise’s Farm: NSPCA

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says that conditions at the North West farm belonging to National Council of Provinces chairperson, Thandi Modise, have improved.

In a press statement, NSPCA spokesperson, Grace de Lange, says that, “Cattle on the farm have been supplied with sufficient food and appear to be in an acceptable condition.”

Zim Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journos

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a global media watchdog, urges Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by the police.
Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.
The CPJ states that, Zivira was attacked with batons after filming police beating street vendors and others.

Minister Favours SAHRC Office at Lindela

Following numerous reports of abuse, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to establish an office at the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
This month the home affairs portfolio committee convened a meeting at which parliamentarians called for ‘a special meeting’ with the department and the SAHRC to deal with issues regarding Lindela Repatriation Centre.

Zambia Tackles Gender Parity in Land Reforms

Rights organisation, Gender Links, says that, "Cultural practices and customary laws in Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) limit women's ability to access, own and control means of production such as land and livestock."
The organisation believes that the inability by women to access means of production has had an impact on their economic independence and ability to move out of poverty.

SERI-SA to Fight ‘Inhumane’ Evictions

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI-SA) is assisting Lesiba Matlaila (71), Sophie Kgomare (71) and Kgomare’s daughter, with their application against their eviction from 236 Wilson Street, Fairlands, were they resided for four decades.

The organisation states that there are numerous personal circumstances, unique to this case, which the court must take into account.


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