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  • Zim Police Arrest Gay Activist

    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says that police officers in Zimbabwe have arrested and charged a gay activist and questioned another for holding an illegal meeting.

    ZLHR spokesperson, Kumbirai Mafunda, confirms that the police arrested Natasha Dowell, a volunteer with the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe and Tawanda Maguze, an activist at a hotel in the Avenues area.

    Mafunda asserts that, Dowell was charged with breaching the public order and security law, which requires organisations to give police advance warning of public meetings.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe charges gay activist over meeting,” click here.

    News 24
  • Govt Views Water as Commodity - SAHRC

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that government is not protecting water as a basic human right.

    In its report on water and sanitation in South Africa, SAHRC points out that, "...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector."

    The commission argues that the result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households.

    To read the article titled, “Gov't views water as commodity - SAHRC,” click here.

    News 24
  • Malawi Urged to End Child Marriage

    Human Rights Watch urges the government of Malawi to increase efforts to end widespread child and forced marriage, or risk worsening poverty, illiteracy, and preventable maternal deaths in the country.
    According to government statistics, half of the girls in Malawi will be married by their 18th birthday, with some as young as nine or 10 being forced to marry.
    Human Rights Watch further states that Malawi's first woman president, Joyce Banda, should publicly support prompt enactment of the Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill (Marriage Bill), which includes vital protections against child marriage.
    To read the article titled, “End widespread child marriage - pass marriage law, adopt comprehensive approach,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Equal Rights Key to Thriving Societies

    North West Premier, Thandi Modise, says equal rights and opportunities for women are crucial to building healthy economies and societies.
    Modise’s comments come as the country joined the world in celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday, 8 March 2014.
    In a press statement, Modise explains that, "Women's full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is crucial to democracy and justice, because equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies.” 
    To read the article titled, “Equal rights key to thriving societies - Premier Modise,” click here.

    All Africa
  • 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
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