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World Press Freedom Day marks 30th anniversary

It’s been 30 years since the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as an international day for press freedom. In those 30 years, journalists have faced an increasing barrage of threats, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in his message for World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2023. “Journalists and media workers are directly targeted on and Read more >

Freedom of expression underpins universal human rights 

Image: Flickr / Rachel Hinman With World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2023 upon us again, its custodian, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), names four fundamental freedoms which are outlined in the Preamble of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights: freedom of speech, freedom of belief, freedom from fear, and freedom from Read more >

CSOs decry targeting of Abahlali human rights activists

Image: Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license Corruption Watch is one of more than 100 civil society organisations which have supported a letter from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (Seri) of South Africa, to various members of the government, including National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, justice minister Ronald Lamola, police Read more >

Good governance tied to the realisation of human rights, says Maluleke

The Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on 19 September hosted a summit titled Good Governance and Accountability in a Disrupted Economy, which focused on catalysing forward-moving processes for accountability and transparency in governance in South Africa. Guest speakers included Prof Mervyn King, author of the four acclaimed King reports on good governance, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke, Read more >

Leaders still failing SA in the fight against corruption, says CW report 

The sixth edition of the Corruption Watch Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report and podcast, released today, unpacks the many ways in which corruption undermines and erodes fundamental human rights. The 1 037 whistle-blower reports received between January and June 2022 highlight how public and private sector corruption persistently obstructs access to basic human rights. This Read more >

SA politicians once again commit a crime against humanity

Image: Flickr/GovernmentZA First published on Daily Maverick When devastating floods struck KwaZulu-Natal on 11 April, South Africans’ first response was to commiserate with their compatriots. Their next response was to warn against giving a cent to the government and loudly proclaim that their donations were going to organisations like the Gift of the Givers.  It’s Read more >

SA needs a human rights framework based on social values

By Sabeehah Motala and Melusi NcalaFirst published on News24 There is a problem with anti-corruption legislation in South Africa. It does not reflect the intersecting forms of power that may determine how one interacts with corruption. Ultimately, this could severely disadvantage those who are beholden to varying structures of power and inequality, that affect their Read more >