Johannesburg: Ongoing Human Rights Violations and Disregard of the Rule of Law by the South African National Defence Force against the Marievale Community

In the past several years, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has continuously violated the rights of the residents of Marievale community despite numerous court orders prohibiting the forced eviction and relocation of the community. The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network...

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Happy Africa Unity Day: Silencing the gun, defeating COVID-19 and protecting human rights defenders

Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Pan- Africa Human Rights Defenders Network together with our sub-regional partners join the rest of the mother continent and her peoples to celebrate the 57th anniversary of Africa Day. We take this historic opportunity to remind our leaders that...

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SADC: RESTRICTIVE COVID-19 REGULATIONS PRESENTING CONCERNING RAMIFICATIONS FOR ENJOYMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, INCLUDING LIVELIHOODS

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing this letter to bring to your attention the worrying restrictive COVID-19 regulations presenting concerning ramifications for enjoyment of human rights, including livelihoods. As the international community strives to combat the spread of COVID-19, a...

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Southern Africa Human Rights Roundup

Issue No: 4 3 – 8 May 2020 The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Maverick Citizen launched the Southern Africa Weekly Human Rights Roundup, aimed at highlighting important human rights news in Southern Africa. The Human Rights Roundup integrates efforts of human rights...

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SAHRDN welcomes Malawi’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruling and calls on the authorities in Malawi

Lilongwe and Johannesburg 09 May 2020 SAHRDN welcomes  Malawi’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruling and calls on the authorities in Malawi and SADC to sincerely guarantee a peaceful and credible fresh presidential election in Malawi. The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or...

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Extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

05 May 2020 Excellencies, At the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council (24 June-12 July 2019), the Council extended a hand to the Eritrean Government. While renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the coun­try, it signalled its willingness to offer Eritrea a constructive way...

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Southern Africa Human Rights Roundup

Issue 3, 26– 1 May 2020 The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Maverick Citizen launched the Southern Africa Weekly Human Rights Roundup, aimed at highlighting important human rights news in Southern Africa. The Human Rights Roundup integrates efforts of human rights defenders and...

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Yemen: Urgent Measures Needed to Protect Civilians from COVID-19

We partnered with 29 other organizations and issued a statement on the need for urgent measures in Yemen to protect Civilians from Covid-19. The conflict in Yemen is entering its sixth year, resulting in what is considered the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world. On 10 April, the first...

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Southern Africa Human Rights Round-Up

Issue 2, 19 – 24 April 2020 The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Maverick Citizen launched the Southern Africa Weekly Human Rights Roundup, aimed at highlighting important human rights news in Southern Africa. The Human Rights Roundup integrates efforts of human rights...

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Open letter on the Xenophobic, racist and inhuman treatment of Africans in China

Together with our umbrella body the PANHRDN and sister sub-regional networks the SAHRDN sent an open letter to the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E Moussa Faki. In the letter, we call on the African Union and African leaders to demand a complete investigation and immediate remedial...

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SAHRDN and HURISA call on Botswana government to take immediate measures to protect the rights of people in places of COVID-19 detention

Gaborone and Johannesburg: Today, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) and the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) have jointly called on Botswana government to take immediate measures to protect the rights of people including children in...

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SAHRDN calls on authorities in Zambia to stop persecuting human rights defenders and demands immediate reinstatement of SC John Sangwa, a prominent lawyer arbitrarily barred from appearing in any court of law in Zambia

Lusaka and Johannesburg March 19, 2020 Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) calls on authorities in Zambia to stop persecuting human rights defenders (HRDs)and demands the immediate reinstatement of Mr. John Sangwa, a prominent lawyer in Zambia who was...

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