South Africa: Human rights defender’s life in danger: Nomsa Sizani

Nomsa Sizani, a human rights defender and former General Secretary of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), is facing imminent threats to her life. The threats followed her allegedly questioning government officials who were in the community on 17 March, to speak about a development taking place there. The threats began the next day and have escalated since 23 March, leading to her going into hiding, in fear for her life. Her rights to life, safety and security are under attack and must be seen against a backdrop of a greater pattern of harassment, intimidation, threats, attacks and killings of AbM members and leaders. The South African authorities must promptly, thoroughly, independently, impartially, transparently and effectively investigate the threats made against Nomsa Sizani’s life and take all necessary measures to ensure her protection.

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