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    Are Human Rights less of a priority for UK and Southern Africa?

    Thursday, December 10th, 2015

    In November a committee of the UN approved a motion recognising the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection. This will go to the UN General Assembly in December. It was agreed by 117 votes for, 14 against and 40 abstentions. Those against, led by China and Russia argued the terminology [...]

    We will not forget Itai Dzamara

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

    Human Rights Day will be celebrated on 10 December, as it has been every year since 1950. In a sad irony, this year, the day before will mark 9 months since the enforced disappearance of Zimbabwean human rights activist Itai Dzamara. Dzamara was at a barbershop in Harare when

    Peter Hain honoured by the South African government

    Monday, December 7th, 2015

    Peter Hain, prominent activist against apartheid, supporter of free and democratic South Africa will be honoured by the South Africa government on Tuesday 8 December. At a ceremony in Pretoria Peter Hain will be honoured by the South African government. He will be awarded The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo

    World AIDS Day: end of AIDS not in sight

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

    1 December is World Aids Day. There have been positive developments on HIV/AIDS, many more people living with HIV are receiving medication enabling them to live productive, active and longer lives. Particularly in northern, western societies there may be less stigma and discrimination toward those who are HIV positive but it still exists.  There is [...]