South Africa
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The use by security forces of excessive and lethal force increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. At least 115 people died in police custody. Incidents of gender-based violence soared. The asylum system failed those most in need; immigrants and other non-nationals were subjected to xenophobic social media campaigns. COVID-19 put health workers at particular risk of infection due to the lack of PPE, while women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services was restricted. Children faced significant inequalities and hardship in the public education system. Millions of people did not have access to safe drinking water; and lockdown placed an additional burden on women having to walk long distances for water.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty


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