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NGOs Decry SA’s Child Abuse 'Epidemic'

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with women and children say child abuse has become an epidemic in the country, with one in four children becoming victims of abuse.

Saartjie Baartman spokesperson, Shaheema McLeod, states that one of the problems that they have picked up in their areas is that there are little resources available for parents to take their kids for assistance.

Call for Govt to Act on Human Rights

The Zimbabwean government has been asked to urgently remove laws that restrict the work of human rights defenders and repeal offensive sections of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that inhibit freedom of assembly.

A report released by civil society organisations is critical at the slow pace of the implementation of a number of recommendations, aimed at curtailing and improving human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

Zim Police Arrest Gay Activist

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says that police officers in Zimbabwe have arrested and charged a gay activist and questioned another for holding an illegal meeting.

ZLHR spokesperson, Kumbirai Mafunda, confirms that the police arrested Natasha Dowell, a volunteer with the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe and Tawanda Maguze, an activist at a hotel in the Avenues area.

Mafunda asserts that, Dowell was charged with breaching the public order and security law, which requires organisations to give police advance warning of public meetings.

Govt Views Water as Commodity - SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that government is not protecting water as a basic human right.

In its report on water and sanitation in South Africa, SAHRC points out that, "...water is viewed mainly as an economic good or commodity by government departments and the private sector."

The commission argues that the result is that most of South Africa's water is used by business, especially agribusiness, mining, and other industries, at a relatively lower cost per kilolitre than poor households.

Malawi Urged to End Child Marriage

Human Rights Watch urges the government of Malawi to increase efforts to end widespread child and forced marriage, or risk worsening poverty, illiteracy, and preventable maternal deaths in the country.
 
According to government statistics, half of the girls in Malawi will be married by their 18th birthday, with some as young as nine or 10 being forced to marry.
 

Equal Rights Key to Thriving Societies

North West Premier, Thandi Modise, says equal rights and opportunities for women are crucial to building healthy economies and societies.
 
Modise’s comments come as the country joined the world in celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday, 8 March 2014.
 
In a press statement, Modise explains that, "Women's full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is crucial to democracy and justice, because equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies.” 
 

Zim Laws Fail to Protect Women, Girls

Women activists believe the rights of women and girls continue to be violated in Zimbabwe even though the country has the best laws designed to address gender-based violence and inequality.

The activists state that, there is little action to match the laws available to protect women who were constantly abused in homes, schools and in the workplace.

Museveni to Sign Anti-Gay Bill

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, is expected to sign a controversial anti-homosexuality bill, which Western countries have criticised and tried to stop from being signed into law.

Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, points out that, "He [Museveni] wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda's independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation."

Ugandan Gay Activist Saved from Deportation

Ugandan gay rights activist, Paul Semugoma, was almost deported to Uganda through Zimbabwe, but friends exerted pressure on the South African government to grant him a work permit.
 
South African immigration officials at OR Tambo International Airport detained Semugoma on his return trip from a conference in Zimbabwe, where they charged him with travelling without proper documentation.
 
Life partner, Brian Kanyemba, was allowed through, and immediately contacted the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to tell them what had happened.
 

Angola’s Rights Record a Concern

The Human Rights Watch's (HRW) has found that very little is going right for the vast majority of the Angola’s population, including the government’s failure to use the oil windfall to fund socio-economic development.
 
The organisation’s annual World Report 2013 states that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola-led government has intensified repressive measures to restrict freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2013.
 

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