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Call to Reject Politicians Supporting Homosexuality

Zambian politician, Peter Daka, has called on Zambians to reject opposition party leaders who are pressing for laws to support homosexuality because it is against the Bible principles and should instead support President Rupiah Banda.

Daka says that Zambians should be wary of some politicians who want to bring what he calls "foreign laws" in the country to be recognised when the country is a Christian nation unlike other countries supporting such acts.

Amnesty Criticises Zimbabwe Over Hopley

Human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has called on governments in Africa to realise the internationally recognised right to adequate housing.

Citing Zimbabwe as one of the violators of this human right, Amnesty spoke out against forced evictions which it says are endemic in Africa and every year leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless and vulnerable to a host of other human rights abuses.

27 000 Thousands Sign Hammerl Petition

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Libya to release South African photographer, Anton Hammerl, and three other foreign journalists being detained in that country 21 days ago.

In a joint press statement, Hammerl’s family and the Free Anton Hammerl Campaign, points out that the petition hit the 27 000 mark by midday on 25 April 2011.

Call to Strengthen African Rights Commission

The Speaker of Gambia's National Assembly, Abdoulie Bojang, has stressed the need to revisit the Protocol that established the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), to enable it move to a more robust, proactive and binding mandate.

Bojang says the weakness of the protocol is part of the reasons human rights defenders have yet to provide effective remedy to all the alleged human rights violations taking place in Africa.

Protestor’s Death: A Case for Human Rights

I must admit I was still young when former President P W Botha declared the state of emergency in 1986 in an attempt to fight anti-apartheid turmoil. I can still remember the day when I saw members of the South African Defence Force, supported by the Lebowa Police, beating and forcing learners from the surrounding high schools into trucks and police vans, for taking part in a protest.

SAHRC Addressing Wrong Minister – Zondi

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is speaking to the wrong person in asking the Department of Mineral Resources to intervene in the plight of the Grootvlei mine in Springs in the Ekurhuleni Municipality.
 
The department spokesperson, Musa Zondi, points out that, "It is not an ownerless mine. If it was an ownerless mine, then it becomes very clear what our responsibility is, but the owners are there, we know who they are."
 

NGOs to Launch Handbook Ahead of Elections

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and its sister organisation focused on rights, SECTION27, will be launching an ‘activist handbook’ before the elections, to explain how local government works and why ordinary people have more power than they think they do.
 
SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, says the initiative was partly born out of the civil society conference it co-hosted with Congress of South African Trade Unions last year, and which initially irked the African National Congress and South African Communist Party, who were not invited.
 

Call to Prosecute Officers Involved in Tetane's Death

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) is calling on Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, to stop applying double standards in policing and suspend and prosecute the officers who killed a protester in Ficksburg, Free State.

SAIRR argues that the potential implications of the police's action can provoke a ‘political reaction’ (uprising) that the government will never be able to contain.

HRW Criticises Zuma Over Hammerl

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Libyan authorities should immediately provide information on the whereabouts of nine foreign and six Libyan journalists detained or missing in Libya.

HRW emergencies director, Peter Bouckaert, points out that, “It’s shocking if President [Jacob] Zuma didn’t mention a South African citizen who is missing.”

Bouckaert argues that a direct appeal could have made a difference in finding the missing photographer, adding that, “There is no excuse for Zuma to ignore the matter.”

Call for Disabled to Apply for Special Vote

The Ministry for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities says that disabled people who will be unable to go to the polling stations on May 18 can still cast their votes in the comfort of their homes.

Minister Lulu Xingwana says from 15 April to 3 May, people with disabilities or infirmity and the elderly can apply for a special vote that will, if granted, enable them to take part in the coming local government elections.

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