By admin | December 12, 2016
10 December was Human Rights Day. ACTSA’s Senior Campaigns Officer Sunit Bagree argues that Angola has a long way to go to Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | April 1, 2016
ACTSA has called on the UN to urge the Government of Zimbabwe to improve its human rights record in a submission to UN Human Rights Council for Zimbabwe’s forthcoming Universal Periodic Review (due to take place on 2 November 2016).
The submission covers a range of issues, including: human rights defenders; freedoms 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 »
“Refugees Welcome Here”, National Day of Action, Saturday 12 September – Assemble noon at Marble Arch
By admin | September 7, 2015
National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the War Coalition, Migrant Rights Network, War on Want, Peoples Assembly Against Austerity, Unite Against Fascism, Movement Against Xenophobia, Love Music Hate Racism and Black Out London.
Saturday 12 September 2015, 12pm, Assembly point Marble Arch 2pm Rally,Downing Street
This event has been called to show solidarity with refugees fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty, losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. This includes the death of 200 refugees Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | August 25, 2015
Welcome to August’s issue of ACTSA’s E-update with a brief rundown on key issues from across southern Africa, in addition to a summary of what we’re getting up to at the moment.
Hope you find it interesting and informative. Gives us feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
News in brief
Swaziland: Unfair Trial, Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Impropriety in Swaziland Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | August 20, 2015
More than 500 representatives from a range of Southern Africa civil society organisations met in Botswana on 15 and 16 August and developed and presented a communique to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government. The communique was received by the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary. It covers seven thematic areas:
1.Tax Justice and the Fight against Illicit Financial Flows
2. African Solidarity, Migration and People’s movement
3.Governance, Democracy and Human Rights
4.Cross-border traders, small-scale farmers
5.Trade Negotiations and Agreements
7.Agricultural Finance, Seed Sovereignty and Climate Justice
The whole document is available here: Gaborone SADC People’s Summit 2015 Communique Document
ACTSA joins with others to criticise Foreign Secretary comments on migrants and call for action to eradicate poverty
By admin | August 11, 2015
ACTSA has joined with other NGOs to co-sign this letter in the Guardian in response to Phillip Hammond MP’s comments on ‘marauding migrants’
By admin | August 3, 2015
An action has been launched in the High Court in London by the law firm, Leigh Day, on behalf of 1,800 Zambian villagers against Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines.
The action alleges that the villagers’ water sources and farming land were poisioned from the copper mining operations of both companies. Vedanta Resources Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has a controlling share in Konkola Mines, which is the largest copper mine in Zambia.
Vedanta and Konkola copper mines were the subject of a report by ACTSA, Christian Aid and SCIAF in 2007, “Undermining development? Copper mining in Zambia”
Read more on the current case here
By Fiona | August 3, 2015
This issue covers:
Political News : President Hollande’s visit to Angola, President dos Santos’ state visits to China and Italy, dos Santos not stepping down early
Economics News: New loan from World Bank, economic diversification, exports to the United States reach record high and the AGOA 2015
Human Rights News: an update on the sect killings in Huambo province, the trial of Rafael Marques, NGOs express concern about a serious pattern of disregard for freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly in Angola
Aid and Development News: China’s investment and aid, Can Angola half poverty? Luanda International Fair 2015