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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African Court temporarily stops execution of a US$ 29 000 punitive personal costs order against Charles Kajoloweka, a Malawian frontline Human Rights Defender

Johannesburg, Arusha, and Lilongwe 08 April 2020 The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) and the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) have welcomed the ruling by African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) sitting in Arusha, to suspend the...

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SAHRDN Essential Services During COVID-19 Wave of Lockdowns in Southern Africa

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, which is an existential threat to humanity, and after a basic routine risk-based horizon scanning, – which indicates that under the otherwise necessary call for extra-ordinary measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, some governments...

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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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SAHRDN urges the authorities in Malawi not to politically persecute legitimate Human Rights Defenders through judicial prosecution

Lilongwe and Johannesburg March 11, 2020 For Immediate Release Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) urges the authorities in Malawi to not politically persecute legitimate Human Rights Defenders through judicial prosecution  and demands the immediate...

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25 years After the Beijing Conference: Still Not Doing Enough to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders in Africa

Statement in relation to the International Women’s Day 2020 In commemoration of the 2020 International Women’s Day, 12 civil society organisations (CSOs) honor the brave women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Africa, and worldwide, and call on state authorities to ensure protection and well-being...

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SAHRDN demands the immediate release of Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka and calls on the authorities in Malawi to guarantee safety and security of human rights defenders in Malawi

Lilongwe and Johannesburg March 8, 2020 For Immediate Release Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN or the Defenders Network) demand the immediate and unconditional release of Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka who were arbitrarily arrested this evening, March 8, 2020. SAHRDN...

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