South Africa

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Torture and other ill-treatment and excessive use of force by police continued, although some measure of accountability was obtained. Targeted violence against refugees and asylum-seekers resulting in deaths, displacement and property destruction also continued. Access to medical treatment for people living with HIV continued to expand but was marred by shortages in many areas. Progress was made in addressing hate crimes based on people’s real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Human rights defenders faced intimidation and threats from ruling party and state officials.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty


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