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Call to Enforce Laws to Protect Women

The United Nations (UN) official driving the global women’s agenda has called on countries to ensure that laws enacted to protect women and girls are enforceable with strict consequences.

UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, points out that, “We will address complete access to education in all countries for girls.”

One in three women across the globe still face forms of sexual and physical violence, something she hopes will be drastically reduced as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Amnesty: Rights Violations on the Rise in SA

The global state of human rights is grim and violations in South Africa are on the rise.

This is the message delivered by Amnesty International Southern Africa director, Deprose Muchena, at the launch of its annual report in Johannesburg.

The worldwide human rights watchdog's global report documents human rights successes and failures in 160 countries and found that police brutality, violence against foreigners and intimidation of the public prosecutor were the most prominent threats to human rights in South Africa in 2014.

Electronic Communication Cut Ahead of SONA

Electronic communication from parliament was cut for several hours ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech on 12 February 2014.

A signal scrambler, said to belong to the military, was found in the press gallery at the National Assembly.

The device prevented journalists - who chanted “Bring Back Our Signal” - MPs and the public from making cellphone calls or tweeting from the parliamentary precinct.

NGO to March for Proper Sanitation

Members of Ses'Khona People's Rights movement say they will take to the streets of Cape Town once again to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor communities.

Nine leaders were found guilty by the Bellville Regional Court last week of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after they threw human waste at the Cape Town International Airport last year.

Members of Ses'Khona say they are planning a big march in Cape Town next month, because despite several attempts to force the city to address sanitation issues, nothing has been done.

Girls Run Away to Avoid FGM

In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations.
 
According to girls’ rights campaigners, in the Tarime district of Mara region, bordering Kenya, the number of girls who fled these illegal rituals at the end of last year doubled to 634 from 312 the year before.
 

SAHRC Urges Govt to Act on Xenophobia

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on the government to act on the ‘sporadic attacks’ on immigrants and the looting of their businesses across the country.

The SAHRC says it has visited some of the communities affected by the attacks which have all the hallmarks of xenophobia, since only foreigners and their property seem to be targeted.

Swazi Govt Delays Opening Schools

Swaziland’s minister of education and training, Phineas Magagula, announces that the opening of all public and private schools would be delayed by a week.

In a statement sent to media houses, Magagula states that the postponement was due to 'ongoing national duties', a vague reference to the Incwala ceremony, considered by traditionalists to be the Swazi national prayer (also a reference to the annual weeding of the King's fields)

SA Condemns Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation reports that the South African government has condemned the attack on French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people were killed in Paris.

In a statement, Department of International Relations and Cooperation deputy director general, Clayson Monyela states that, “The South African government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on journalists and members of the public in Paris, France...”

200 Families Evicted to Make Space for Mugabe Park

Armed police evict more than 200 families from a farm in eastern Zimbabwe to create space for a game park proposed by first lady Grace Mugabe.

Farmer, Aspinas Makufa declares that, “They ... ordered us to leave, but the government did not provide us with alternative land,” “We have nowhere to go and all our belongings will be damaged as the rains keep pounding.”

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, a nonprofit organisation which foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe, says it dispatched a team of legal practitioners to Mazowe to help stop the ‘illegal evictions’.

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