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South Africa must address gender based violence and police violence: Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on South Africa

, Index number: AFR 53/7228/2017

Amnesty International has consistently raised concerns about high rates of gender-based violence in South Africa, including brutal attacks based on the victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity. The organization emphasizes the need for a national strategic plan on combatting gender-based violence, and for urgent improvement in conviction rates and justice for survivors. It welcomes South Africa’s commitment to improve access to HIV and maternal health services, and to eliminate the challenge of pervasive inequalities, noting that marginalised women and girls continue to face barriers to safe abortion care.

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