Press releases related to Human Rights and Democracy in general.
Last week IGLHRC issued an Urgent Action Alert to pressure governments to overturn a discriminatory vote at the United Nations and you and thousands of others responded with your support. On Tuesday 21 December our efforts were successful. In the vote on the resolution on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions the General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to list sexual orientation among the discriminatory grounds on which killings are often based. As US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice noted in her statement to the Assembly "The voices of civil society and human rights defenders around the world have been heard today."
In November this year, the South African Government voted against the inclusion of 'sexual orientation' in the definition of unlawful killings regarding the United Nations Resolution on Extrajudicial Executions. The resolution requires states to investigate all killings that are committed based on any form of discrimination, thoroughly and promptly.
Community Law Centre, UWC, launches Parliamentary Programme to strengthen implementation of human rights for people in South Africa
The Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape is launching its new Parliamentary Programme, which is funded by the European Union, on Wednesday 20 October 2010. The introduction of this programme recognises the importance of strengthening participatory democracy in South Africa, it will connect South Africa’s obligations under international human rights law to constitutional obligations and seek to strengthen Parliamentary oversight over these at national and provincial levels. The launch is linked to African Human Rights Day on Thursday 21 October.
Community Law Centre calls on South African Government to act on discrimination against lesbians and gays in Africa.