By admin | January 25, 2016
The “Rivonia” trial of 1963/64 in South Africa was the trial in which Nelson Mandela and his comrades were put on trial for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid state through sabotage. Nelson Mandela made his famous speech from the dock during the trial where they were charged with acts of sabotage, in essence high treason and found guilty and sentenced to Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | December 10, 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 is loose, who is, who defines a human rights defender? They argued no individual or group can be above the law and why should human rights defenders be singled out for protection.
Some members of the UN see human rights as largely a western Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | December 8, 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 Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | December 7, 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 Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | December 2, 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 still a long way to go and the end of AIDS is not in sight. Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | November 17, 2015
In November 2015, ACTSA provided a submission on Swaziland to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). The paper calls on the CMAG to consider the Government of Swaziland’s persistent and serious violations Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | November 11, 2015
11 November 2015 is the 40th anniversary of Angola’s Independence. Heads of State from Botswana, Cape Verde, DRC, Namibia, Sao Tome and South Africa and other countries have arrived in South Africa to celebrate and commemorate with Angola.
Angola achieved its independence after a 14 year war with the Portuguese. Following independence Angola was plunged into a civil war Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | October 30, 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 expression and association.
By admin | October 27, 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 outsourcing of university jobs, the total cost of study and the high level of unemployment.
Universities have postponed exams and some such as the University of Cape Town are Read the rest of this entry »
South Africa: Students protest. Universities Closed. President to meet student leaders and Vice Chancellors
By admin | October 22, 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 since the end of apartheid in 1994. President Jacob Zuma is meeting Vice Chancellors and student leaders on Friday. A large number of academics have also signed a statement supporting student demands. Read the rest of this entry »