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2020 Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Summit Process Report

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) in collaboration with Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) and Amnesty International of Southern Africa held the 2020 HRDs Summit virtually due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The Summit was held on...


Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly continued to be undermined, despite the initial signs of progress. Land disputes due to large scale acquisition for private use continued to undermine the right to food and water in rural parts of the country. Failure to fulfill the right to water in both rural and urban areas remained as significant as ever. Extrajudicial killings in the diamond fields of Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul continued with impunity. The rights of LGBTI people remained at risk in practice despite legislative improvements.

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