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  • South Africa celebrates 26th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison

    By admin | February 11, 2016

    On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years.

    Mandela and his then wife, Winnie (pictured below) were greeted outside Victor Verster prison by huge crowds of euphoric South Africans celebrating Read the rest of this entry »

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    The three surviving “lifers” from the Rivonia Trial to be honoured in London

    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 »

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

    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 »

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    We will not forget Itai Dzamara

    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 »

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    Peter Hain honoured by the South African government

    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 »

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    World AIDS Day: end of AIDS not in sight

    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 »

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    ACTSA Submission on Swaziland to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group

    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 »

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    Angola: 40th Anniversary of Angola’s Independence

    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 »

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    Angola: activist ends hunger strike after 36 days

    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.

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    South Africa: President Zuma announces freeze in tuition fees

    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 »

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