• Zim Laws Fail to Protect Women, Girls

    Women activists believe the rights of women and girls continue to be violated in Zimbabwe even though the country has the best laws designed to address gender-based violence and inequality.

    The activists state that, there is little action to match the laws available to protect women who were constantly abused in homes, schools and in the workplace.

    Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe’s director, Virginia Muwanigwa - speaking at the launch of the Southern African Development Community Gender Protocol Barometer for 2013 - asserts that the problem emanated from the country’s failure to implement legislation.

    To read the article titled, “Laws Fail to Protect Women, Girl Child,” click here

    All Africa
  • Museveni to Sign Anti-Gay Bill

    Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, is expected to sign a controversial anti-homosexuality bill, which Western countries have criticised and tried to stop from being signed into law.

    Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, points out that, "He [Museveni] wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda's independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation."

    Museveni's decision to sign the bill comes less than a week since he announced plans to put the bill on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality could be triggered by genes and is not a ‘lifestyle choice’.

    To read the article titled, “Uganda's Museveni to sign anti-gay bill,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Ugandan Gay Activist Saved from Deportation

    Ugandan gay rights activist, Paul Semugoma, was almost deported to Uganda through Zimbabwe, but friends exerted pressure on the South African government to grant him a work permit.
    South African immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport detained Semugoma on his return trip from a conference in Zimbabwe, where they charged him with travelling without proper documentation.
    Life partner, Brian Kanyemba, was allowed through, and immediately contacted the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to tell them what had happened.
    To read the article titled, “Naledi Pandor saves gay activist from deportation,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Angola’s Rights Record a Concern

    The Human Rights Watch's (HRW) has found that very little is going right for the vast majority of the Angola’s population, including the government’s failure to use the oil windfall to fund socio-economic development.
    The organisation’s annual World Report 2013 states that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola-led government has intensified repressive measures to restrict freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2013.
    The report further states that, "The government has pursued numerous criminal defamation lawsuits against outspoken journalists and activists, while continuing to use police abuse, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation to prevent peaceful anti-government protests, strikes, and other gatherings from taking place.”
    To read the article titled, “Nation's dire human rights situation,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Fundraising to Create Shelter for OVC

    RA1SE - ONE for Good Causes will this year - along with a number of volunteers - will be raising funds for its project in Zambia, in partnership with Lusaka’s Youth Organisation for Orphans.

    The project entails the construction and finishing of three houses and an administration block, a water reservoir and a farm and also intends to make the home as self-sustainable as possible, while providing opportunities for the orphans to learn new skills.

    Once the works are completed, 40 orphans, aged between seven and 18 years will be able to reside in the home on a permanent basis.

    To read the article titled, “Zambian orphans to be given shelter through NGO project,” click here.

    Malta Independent
  • SANEF Condemns Journalist Arrest

    The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed shock at the detention of a journalist, Sandiso Phaliso, by police in the Western Cape.

    In a press statement, SANEF media freedom committee chairperson, Adriaan Basson, points out that, "This behaviour by officers of the South African Police Service is completely unacceptable."

    Basson is of the view that Phaliso’s freedom of expression has been infringed by this incident, when he tried to expose officers neglecting their very basic duty of protecting communities.

    To read the article titled, “Western Cape journalist's arrest unacceptable, says SANEF,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Part of the Sexual Offences Act Unconstitutional

    The Western Cape (WC) High Court has declared section 50(2) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act (Sexual Offences Act) unconstitutional.

    The applicant, who admitted to raping three minor children while he himself was still a minor, was sentenced in terms of the Child Justice Act and his name was entered into the National Register for Sexual Offenders in terms of section 50(2) of the Act.

    The court found that section 50(2) is invalid and inconsistent with the Constitution to the extent that it does not allow a court to decide whether a child offender's details should be entered into the register, or provide the opportunity for a child offender to make representations.

    To read the article titled, “Western Cape High Court declares part of the Sexual Offences Act unconstitutional,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Nigeria’s Homophobic Laws Criticised

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urges South Africa to add its voice to calls for Nigeria to review its homophobic legislation.

    SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, states that, "Since 18 January [2014], dozens of people have already been arrested in Nigeria in terms of the new law."

    Mangena further adds that, the South African government should seek to exert influence over other African countries to follow good human rights practices.

    To read the article titled, “South Africa should speak up against homophobic laws: SAHRC,” click here .

    Times Live
  • Mswati Criticised Over Rights Violations

    According to the 2013 Freedom House Report, Swaziland remains the last supreme autocratic monarchy on the continent and this has led to citizens facing various human rights violations under King Mswati III’s government.

    The report finds that the parliamentary elections held in September 2013 have had no impact on reforming the escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis facing the country.

    According to the United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS, one of the many violations for which the king has been openly criticised is the government’s negligent approach to its HIV/AIDS programme. 

    The country that has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world of 26 percent.

    To read the article titled, “Eating cow dung while Mswati lives large: video,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Mozambique Urged to Recognise LGBT

    As gay Americans make headlines fighting for their marital rights, in Mozambique, and many other countries in Africa, the battle looks different and is much quieter.

    Danilo Da Silva, executive director of the Mozambican Association for the Defense of Sexual Minorities (LAMBDA), points out that, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is afraid of losing the people they love, of being rejected and being an outcast.

    Da Silva's says LAMBDA is the sole LGBT non-governmental organisation in Mozambique, a country twice the size of California, with a population of over 25 million.

    To read the article titled, “A fight for recognition: The LGBT community's battle in Mozambique,” click here.

    Huffington Post
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