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  • South Africa’s former Deputy President becomes head of UN Women

    By Mark | July 11, 2013

    Times Live

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South Africa’s first woman deputy president, was yesterday [10 July] appointed head of UN Women, an international agency promoting equality for women. Mlambo-Ngcuka, a longtime women’s rights advocate, succeeds former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet as executive director of the organisation.

    “Mlambo-Ngcuka brings to this position a wealth of experience in advocating for Read the rest of this entry »

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    International Women’s Day 2013: Time for action to end violence against women

    By Mark | March 8, 2013

    8 March, is International Women’s Day. The United Nations have called for people across the world to campaign on the theme “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” Across the world people are increasingly opposing violence against women, and they must. Seven out of ten women worldwide are affected by violence against them.

    Zimbabwe will hold elections later this year. The last election in Read the rest of this entry »

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    “Zimbabwe must respect fundamental freedoms in run-up to constitutional referendum,” warn UN rights experts

    By Mark | February 27, 2013

    Three United Nations Special Rapporteurs urged today the Government of Zimbabwe to respect international human rights norms and standards pertaining to freedoms of association, of peaceful assembly and of expression in the run up to the constitutional referendum on 16 March and subsequent elections which may take place next July. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations

    By JoeyA | June 19, 2012

    IRIN

    JOHANNESBURG, 19 June 2012 (IRIN) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall.

    The cuts have already affected 16,000 refugees in Malawi’s Dzaleka camp who have been on half rations since March, while a further 120,000 refugees in Uganda began receiving half rations of cereals in May. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights statement at end of visit to Zimbabwe

    By Mark | May 28, 2012

    Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Zimbabwe Read the rest of this entry »

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    UN rights chief arrives in Zimbabwe

    By Mark | May 21, 2012

    Mail and Guardian

    SA’s Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has arrived in Zimbabwe on her first mission to the troubled Southern African nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: 1973 decree is alive, activists tell UN

    By Sarah | October 14, 2011

    Times of Swaziland, 10 October 2011

    Human rights stakeholders have informed the United Nations Human Rights Periodic Review team that the 1973 decree still exists and have called for its abolishment.

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    Zimbabwe Justice Minister Under Fire For Rejecting Reform Amendments

    By Sarah | October 14, 2011

    Voice of America, 12 October 2011

    Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told a UN human rights conference in Geneva this week that the government will not make any changes to the Public Order and Security Act and other ‘justified’ security laws. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Climate Change Q&A: “We Expect the Polluters to Pay”

    By Sarah | September 29, 2011

    IPS News, 26 September 2011

    An interview with Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, chair of the Africa Group of Negotiators for Climate Change.

    During the Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 17th U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu will lead the negotiations on behalf of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN).

    Mpanu-Mpanu is also director of the Clean Development Mechanism Designated National Authority of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: In Need of a Unified Climate Change Policy

    By Sarah | September 29, 2011

    IPS News, 27 September 2011

    The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa.

    The South African government announced on Sep. 13 that it would beef up its climate policy “to ensure that all government departments responded well to the issue of climate change.” Read the rest of this entry »

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