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    Mozambique Floods: at least 48 dead and 146,000 in temporary accommodation says UN

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    •At least 48 people have died in severe floods in southern Mozambique. Some 250,000 people have been affected, of which 146,000 people are still being housed in temporary shelters.

    Zimbabwe: Attacks on human rights defenders

    Friday, January 18th, 2013

    58 Civil Society Organsiations(CSOs) including ACTSA have released the following joint statement on the criminalisation of CSOs and their work in Zimbabwe HARARE, 18 January 2013 – We, the Zimbabwean Civil Society Organizations, listed below, (CSOs) condemn the unashamed intimidatory and repressive tactics being employed by the state against civil society organizations and leaders in [...]

    Zimbabwe: Human rights activists should be freed and the harassment of civil society organisations stop says ACTSA

    Thursday, January 17th, 2013

    Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the successor organisation to the Anti Apartheid Movement, supports the call for the release of the Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) and Chair of the Zimbabwe in Crisis Coalition, Okay Machisa and his four colleagues, one of whom has been detained for a month.

    Human Rights Watch report on Zimbabwe

    Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    Human Rights Watch Zimbabwe’s “unity government” is failing to carry out reforms in the country’s Global Political Agreement that are vital for the country to hold credible, free, and fair elections in 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

    South Africa police fire rubber bullets at farm workers

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    BBC News South Africa’s police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse striking farm workers in the wine-producing Western Cape region. The workers barricaded roads and threw stones at police in De Doorns town, a top grape-producing area, local media reported.

    Swaziland: farmers struggle to afford inputs

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    IRIN SITEKI, 9 January 2013 (IRIN) – Faced with increasingly unpredictable rains and soaring agricultural input costs, many of Swaziland’s smallholder farmers are no longer able to make a living relying on traditional methods to grow maize, the staple crop.

    Swaziland: ‘Slave Labour’ at Textile Factory

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    All Africa Working conditions at a Swaziland textile factory are ‘worse than slavery’, the kingdom’s Labour Minister Lutfo Dlamini said. And, Dlamini told the company Kang Fa, headquartered in Taiwan, he would report it to the Taiwan Embassy If it continued to disregard of Swaziland’s labour laws.

    Mozambique aluminium smelting- who benefits?

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    The Guardian- Mark Tran Tax campaigners are calling on Britain, the World Bank and private investors to return “excessive” profits from a flagship aluminium smelting project in Mozambique started as part of a recovery programme after the country’s civil war in the early 1990s.

    Malawi: economic reforms bring hardships for public

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    IRIN BLANTYRE, 9 January 2013 (IRIN) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde urged Malawians to stick with tough economic reforms during a recent three-day visit to the country, but measures recommended by the Fund and implemented by President Joyce Banda have been deeply unpopular with many citizens who can no longer afford [...]

    Swaziland: Women find strength in numbers

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    IRIN News Swazi women are organizing to promote their rights and welfare, convinced that discriminatory laws are at odds with the essential roles they play in their families and in their country’s economy.