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South Africa: Oral statement by Amnesty International to the 49th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights

, Index number: AFR 53/006/1993

In this summary of AI's concerns in South Africa in 1992, AI focuses on the continuing failure of the government to ensure that members of the security forces implicated in human rights violations were made fully accountable for their actions. AI was particularly concerned by the Further Indemnity Act of November 1992, which effectively granted impunity to violators. Dr Jonathan Gluckman, a leading pathologist who made public his concern about deaths in police custody, such as that of Simon Mthimkulu, aged 19, was subjected to death threats. He was also placed under surveillance, apparently by the authorities who released a report casting doubt on evidence of unlawful police actions and attacking Dr Gluckman's integrity.

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