EU Parliament condemns disappearance of human rights activist and urges Zimbabwe government to find him
By Fiona | May 22, 2015
The European Union (EU) parliament passed a resolution supported by all its political groupings on 21 May condemning the abduction of Itai Dzamara, a prominent human rights activist, on 9 March and urging the Zimbabwe government to take all necessary measures to find him.
Itai Dzamara was a leader of the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement and critical of the Zimbabwe government. He was abducted by five unidentified men in broad daylight. The High Court ordered the Zimbabwean authorities on 13 March to search for Mr Dzamara and report progress to the court every two weeks until his whereabouts are determined. This has been ignored by the authorities.
The resolution adopted by the EU parliament as well as condemning the disappearance of Itai Dzamara and calling for him to be found expressed deep concern of reports of increasing political violence, harassment of political opposition and that since the adoption of a new constitution and election in 2013 little progress has been made towards reforming the human rights environment.
The EU has recently resumed its bilateral aid programme with the Zimbabwe government and has agreed an indicative programme of 234 million euros to reduce poverty, promote development and democracy.
The EU parliament resolution asks the EU to step up its political dialogue on human rights on the basis of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, and notably to encourage the government to repeal or appropriately amend the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, in order to bring an end to their abuse.
By Mark | March 24, 2015
European Parliamentary Labour Party
Following reprisal measures taken against Swazi prisoner of conscience and trade unionist Thulani Maseko, Labour MEPs have urged the EU to act against intolerable human rights abuses in Swaziland.
Mr Maseko, a lawyer working for the Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | March 20, 2015
By Jabu Pereira, Mail and Guardian
Kaylo Glover a young lesbian from Nhlangano, Swaziland, stepped into a bar with her friends on the early hours of Sunday morning. She was killed by an enraged man who did not want to be in the presence of lesbians. He left the bar, fetched an Read the rest of this entry »
South Africa: State of Nation Address on 12 February marred by removal of some and jamming of cell phone signal
By Tony | February 16, 2015
President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address on 12 February. It has been a set piece event with no questions but this year was Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | February 11, 2015
Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba
Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.
This day therefore marked a giant Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | February 4, 2015
President Mugabe, assumed the chair of the African Union on 30 January. The European Union (EU) announced on 2 February the travel ban it had imposed in Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | January 26, 2015
Zambia held a presidential by-election on 20 January due to the death whilst in office of President Michael Sata on 28 October 2014. The poll had to be held within Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | January 7, 2015
Terence Ranger, historian of Zimbabwe, dies read obituary by Ian Scoones in The Zimbabwean
Over the weekend, we learned the sad news that Terence Ranger, the well-known historian of Zimbabwe, had died at his
home in Oxford aged Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | December 1, 2014
Source: New Statesman
By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.
Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders.
It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | November 12, 2014
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded in South Africa in December 1998 to campaign for access to AIDS treatment. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important civil society organisations active on AIDS in the developing world.
Today the future of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s most iconic and successful post-apartheid health and human rights movement, is under threat. Read the rest of this entry »