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Newspaper Publishes Names of Top ‘100’ Gays

The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 ‘top’ homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: ‘Hang Them’. Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses.

According to Julian Onziema, a rights activist, in the days since the story was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding.

Onziema states that one person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbours.

CSOs Urge India to Combat Hunger

CSOs have called on India to focus on inclusive growth with special focus on malnourished children to combat hunger.

ActionAid India, executive director, Sandeep Chachra, points out that, “The dark side of India's economic growth has been that peasants, workers and excluded social groups have been further dispossessed, compounding malnutrition, hunger and even leading to starvation deaths."

Chachra maintains that access to basic rights and social inclusion are critical in advancing participatory democracy and addressing chronic poverty and hunger.

Pressure Mugabe Over Rights - Zim CSOs

Zimbabwean civil society groups have called on South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to do more to pressure President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF to embrace democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

In a press statement, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition points out that, “The ANC must insist that political parties in Zimbabwe particularly ZANU-PF, which controls the country’s security forces, must strictly adhere to principles of democracy and respect for the basic rights of all Zimbabweans.

African Leaders in Human Albino Trade, Says NGO

United States-based lobby group, Salif Keita Global Foundation, says politicians are involved in the trade of human albino body parts in Africa and use them as charms to bring them good fortune.

Coumba Makalou, president of the Salif Keita Global Foundation, a group that advocates for albinos' rights, says those who pay for body parts include rich businessmen and politicians looking to improve their political fortunes.

Makalou says body parts sell for as much as US$2 000.

SAHRC Slams Zille’s ‘Wild Claim’

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that claims by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, that the SAHRC is a ‘political hit-squad’ for the African National Congress (ANC) are untruthful and an attack on the integrity of the commission.

SAHRC spokesperson, Vincent Moaga, states that, "The commission is of the view that the allegations by Zille that the institution is 'the ANC political hit-squad' have no foundation, and lack the premise on which to factually support such a wild and unsubstantiated claim."

Thabo Mbeki Foundation Launched

Former president, Thabo Mbeki, has launched the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, aims to the 21st century an ‘African century’.

Mbeki pointed out that, "I sincerely hope that the thing we are doing today, to launch the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, also serves, in its own small way, to reaffirm that Africa is continuing her rise from the ashes."

Home Affairs Welcomes Refugees’ Response

The Department of Home Affairs has welcomed the positive response from undocumented Zimbabwean refugees to the current drive to regularise their stay in South Africa.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 61st executive meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, the initiative is the start of a process to document all nationals from neighbouring countries living in the country.

SAHRC Investigates Hout Bay Removals

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating the removal of shacks in Hangberg by the city of Cape Town before violent clashes between the community and the police.

SAHRC spokesperson, Vincent Moaga, who reacted to comments made by the Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille, that the African National Congress is using the SAHRC as a ‘political hit squad’ against her party, said they have received complaints from Hangberg some time before the outbreak of the violence two weeks ago.

No Extension for Zim Permits - Gigaba

The Department of Home Affairs says the December 31 deadline for the process of officially documenting Zimbabweans in South Africa will not be extended.

Deputy Minister, Malusi Gigaba, points out that, "We will not shift the December deadline. People must make use of this opportunity because there will be no extensions."

Gigaba, who visited the home affairs regional office to assess the implementation of the amnesty for Zimbabweans with fraudulent documents, states that his department will beef up their staff compliment to speed up the process.

CASAC Slams Parliament's 'Inefficiency'

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has criticised Parliament for not playing its constitutional oversight role effectively.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, has called on members of Parliament to exercise their oversight role without fear, instead of pursuing a party political line.

Pityana, who says CASAC’s role is to defend, strengthen and improve the constitution, encourages citizens to claim their rights and to take action against institutions that are not fulfilling their constitutional mandate.

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