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    Angola: activist ends hunger strike after 36 days

    Friday, October 30th, 2015

    Luaty Beirão ended his hunger strike on 27 October after 36 days with increasing fears for his health. Luaty Beirao was one of the 15 activists/dissidents arrested in June. The authorities accuse them of plotting rebellion. Amnesty International regards them as prisoners of conscience imprisoned  for their political opinions and for exercising their freedom of [...]

    South Africa: President Zuma announces freeze in tuition fees

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

    Following a meeting with the leaders of the universities and students on Friday 23 October President Zuma announced there will be on tuition fee increases in 2016. Whilst objection to planned tuition fee rises of 10 to 12% seem to have been the catalyst for the widespread protest students also have other grievances including the [...]

    South Africa: Students protest. Universities Closed. President to meet student leaders and Vice Chancellors

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    Students have been protesting across South Africa against a planned rise in fees of 10-12% causing many Universities to close. Students and their supporters also got into the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town with 29 people arrested. The protests have the slogan, # Fees must Fall. They have been described as the biggest student protests [...]

    Justice for refugees and migrants. ACTSA signs letter with 24 other organisations.

    Monday, October 19th, 2015

    ACTSA have co-signed a letter from 25 organisations calling for justice for refugees and migrants. “We have created obstacles in people’s lives. Now we erect them in their path of escape.  People across the UK have demonstrated the power of solidarity.  Now we demand our government delivers justice. “ see full letter and all signatories  [...]

    Civil society groups call for rural women not to be neglected in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

    Thursday, October 15th, 2015

    25 civil society organisations, including ACTSA, issued a statement on the International Day for rural women( 15 October) calling on African governments to ensure rural women are the central focus for sustainable development. The statement said the social and culture factors which prevent rural women’s access to, control and use of land should be addressed. [...]

    Anglo American in dust cloud after protest in solidarity with miners in southern Africa

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

    Anglo American were covered in a cloud of dust this morning as anti-apartheid and health campaigners protested outside their London headquarters in solidarity with southern African miners fighting the company for compensation to treat fatal, occupational lung diseases. Dressed in miners’ hats the group of protesters created a dust cloud with a smoke machine and [...]

    PUDEMO statement on EU – Swazi relations

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

    12 October 2015 The People United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), the premier liberation movement in Swaziland, has noted media reports in the weekend newspapers alleging a litany of half truths, lies, distortions and deliberate omissions following government’s trip to Brussels. The National Executive Committee, the highest decision making body of the organisation between congresses, has deliberated [...]

    The latest on the fight for justice for South African gold miners

    Monday, October 12th, 2015

    Monday 12 October: key legal hearings will take place in South Africa 12-23 October to determine whether a class action against 32 mining companies seeking decent compensation for those with silicosis can go ahead. There are two class actions; one will rep­re­sent cur­rent and for­mer gold min­ers with sil­i­co­sis and depen­dants of those who have [...]

    Questioning the Sustainable Development Goals

    Thursday, October 8th, 2015

    World leaders have officially agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aka Global Goals. Are they useful and thus worthy of support? That’s a question without a straightforward answer. In total there are 17 goals with 169 targets, all of which should be met by