Call to Provide Information on Mandela Photographs

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is appealing to the public to assist it in finding missing information to accompany many photographs it has in its collection.

The Centre will be publishing many of these photos on the Nelson Mandela Foundation website in the coming months, asking the public to complete the information by commenting in its gallery.

When providing the information, the public should provide names of un-identified people in the photographs, name the photographer, the date and the location, and who the copyright holder is.

NGO Launches a Book on HIV/AIDS

The association of Vulnerable Widows Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDs (AWAIS) has launched a 64-page book sharing insights on the disease.
The book, of which 500 copies released so far, is a result of a survey conducted in partnership with National AIDS Control Commission (NDCC) and Rwandan Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (RRP).

Amnesty Calls on Ivory Coast to Protect Civilians

Amnesty International (AI) has called on Ivory Coast to provide ‘urgent’ protection and assistance to the population, which is being targeted by armed groups on both sides of the political divide.

AI Africa’s deputy director, Véronique Aubert , points out that the humanitarian crisis in that country is being exacerbated by the tens of thousands of people fleeing Abidjan who need immediate protection and assistance.

AU Urged to Press Gbagbo to Halt Abuses

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the African Union delegation tasked with resolving the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire to work towards ending gross violations of human rights by forces under the control of Laurent Gbagbo.
HRW Africa director, Daniel Bekele, points out that, “These leaders need to step in to find a just and accountable way out of this stand-off before the violence gets any worse."

HRW Commends UNSC Resolution on Libya

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the United Nations Security Council's unanimous resolution referring Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC) sends a strong signal to President Muammar Gaddafi, as well as other governments in the region, that the international community will not tolerate the vicious repression of peaceful protesters.

MSF Blocked from Entering Tripoli

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has been blocked from entering the capital Tripoli in Libya for failure to produce entrance visas, which allowed them to operate legally in the country.

MSF emergency coordinator, Jean Pletinckx, points out that while the medical team managed to reach the city of Benghazi, it has been difficult to proceed into Tripoli which has been rocked by fierce fighting between rebels and Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative is a non-profit organisation advocating change and connecting fellow human rights organisations and communities to knowledge and resources to assist in building a better life for marginalised communities. The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative aims to contribute to the creation of a civil society that builds and shares solutions to the challenges of poverty reduction, and empowering marginalised communities - in particular women, children, and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

MIET Africa Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

MIET Africa welcomes the 2011/12 budget. Preparing a budget that has both significant short-term and long-term implications is extremely difficult, but it is a crucial task. Minister Gordhan and his staff have once again risen to the challenge. They have presented a well balanced budget - one that caters not only for immediate development needs, but also seeks to achieve longer-term imperatives.

Child Welfare South Africa Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011 once again presented a budget outlining government’s priorities for spending. Whilst we welcome the apparent shift in emphasis from encouraging entitlement through social grants towards an expectation that all people in South Africa should play a role and be empowered to do so, especially through job creation and inclusive growth, we need to highlight the continuing urgent need for poverty relief we encounter in our everyday work.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

While it is reassuring to know that government still thinks it is important to spend money on making communities safer, Tshwaranang will be reserving its excitement until we’ve seen the Budget Votes for the departments of Police and Justice and Constitutional Development respectively. A National Budget after all, only sets out, in broad brushstrokes, what government thinks is important in the overall scheme of things; it doesn’t give us specifics. And as the saying goes, the devil is always in the detail.


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