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South Africa: Revocation of withdrawal from the ICC a chance to rethink thwarting pursuit of justice

In response to today’s announcement that the South African government has decided to revoke its notice to the UN of its intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for Research and Advocacy, Netsanet Belay said:   “This formal revocation of the notice of withdrawal from the ICC presents yet another opportunity for the government of South Africa to rethink its decision to thwart the pursuit of justice.

Date:
8 March 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Refugees

South Africa: Longstanding criminal justice failures and toxic populist rhetoric fuelling xenophobia

Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants living in South Africa, amid the current protests in Pretoria and the escalating xenophobic tension and attacks in different parts of Gauteng Province, Amnesty International said today. Two protests are currently underway in different parts of Pretoria, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi, against high inequality, poverty and unemployment.

Date:
24 February 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Women and Girls

South Africa: Women and girls risk unsafe abortions after being denied legal services

Women and girls risk unsafe abortions that can lead to serious health complications, and even death, due to persistent barriers to legal abortion services, according to research by Amnesty International and the Women’s Health Research Unit of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. The briefing published today highlights how despite South Africa having one of the world’s most progressive legal frameworks for abortion, many women and girls - especially those in the poorest and most marginalized communities - struggle to access safe abortion services.

Date:
31 January 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Corporate Accountability

United Kingdom: Lonmin shareholders must probe broken promises on housing

Shareholders of the UK-based platinum mining giant Lonmin Plc must ask what steps the company is taking to improve the appalling conditions in which it houses its workers, and which contributed to a labour dispute that left 34 striking miners dead in 2012, Amnesty International said today ahead of Lonmin’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26 January in London. The organization has documented how Lonmin’s workforce at its platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, are still living in squalor in spite of legally binding commitments made by the company to build 5,500 new houses more than a decade ago.

Date:
24 January 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

South Africa: Marikana compensation announcement brings justice closer

President Jacob Zuma’s long-overdue announcement that the government is ready to pay compensation to the victims of the 2012 Marikana tragedy is an important development towards achieving justice for the victims and their families, Amnesty International said today. The President also announced that some members of the South African Police Service are facing criminal charges for their role in the killings of 44 people during the wage dispute between Lonmin mine and its striking employees in August 2012.

Date:
12 December 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

ICC: States must strengthen, not abandon, only route to justice for millions of victims

Victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations deserve to have their day in court, Amnesty International said as it urged states to work to strengthen, rather than withdraw from, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call comes on the eve of the 15th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute – the ICC’s founding treaty – taking place from 16 to 24 November in The Hague, Netherlands.

Date:
15 November 2016
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Justice Systems

South Africa: Decision to leave International Criminal Court a ‘deep betrayal of millions of victims worldwide’

Parliament must urgently convene to reconsider the government’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding instrument of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said today. “South Africa’s sudden notice to withdraw from the ICC is deeply disappointing. In making this move, the country is betraying millions of victims of the gravest human rights violations and undermining the international justice system,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

South Africa: Four years after Marikana killings, Lonmin fails to improve ‘appalling’ housing for thousands of workers

NOTE: Journalists and editors seeking broadcast-quality B-roll and images from the investigation on Marikana's poor housing issue, please click here http://goo. gl/S7cE9T   British platinum mining giant Lonmin Plc is still failing to deliver adequate housing for its workforce in Marikana, in spite of the resounding wake-up call it received in the wake of the killing of 34 striking mine workers in 2012, Amnesty International revealed today in a new report.

Date:
15 August 2016
  • News
  • Sudan
  • Justice Systems

South Africa: Supreme Court ruling shows there can be no impunity for alleged war criminals

“The Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling today upholds the rule of law and reinforces the country’s progressive laws aimed at ending impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is a stinging rebuke to the government for its failure to abide by its domestic and international obligations to arrest President Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.

Date:
15 March 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cape Town International Airport unveils giant Mandela memorial tapestry

A giant tapestry in honour of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the Cape Town International Airport, on 10 December 2015 to mark International Human Rights Day, Amnesty International announced today. The artwork is a partnership between Art for Amnesty and the Cape Town International Airport. The tapestry, entitled ‘Flying Madiba’ - designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France - measures approximately 6 x 3 metres.

Date:
10 December 2015
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

ICC must be strengthened not undermined

States must reject proposals that may interfere with or undermine the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and take concrete measures to strengthen its ability to deliver justice to victims of international crimes, said Amnesty International. The calls are timed to coincide with the start of the 14th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP14) which takes place at The Hague, from 18-26 November 2015.

Date:
17 November 2015
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

South Africa: Police must use restraint in response to student protests

South African police must use restraint in response to students participating in nationwide protests, said Amnesty International. Police have used teargas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against students in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. University students have been protesting against proposed fee hikes for 2016. “We are alarmed by reports of police officers using teargas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters.

Date:
22 October 2015
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Impunity

South Africa: Suspension of Police Commissioner an important step towards accountability for Marikana killings

The suspension of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega by President Jacob Zuma is a positive but long overdue step and will give some hope to the families of the victims of the Marikana shootings that they may finally see justice done, said Amnesty International. Riah Phiyega was suspended on 14 October 2015 pending a review by a board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct and her fitness to hold office.

Date:
15 October 2015
  • News
  • Angola
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

SADC: President Khama must address the cycle of human rights violations

Botswana’s President Ian Khama should use his tenure and leadership position as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to prioritise finding solutions to the human rights crisis in the region, said Amnesty International. The most pressing issues President Khama should address as he takes over the position from President Mugabe today include the ongoing suppression of dissent in Angola and the killing and torture of police and soldiers accused of leading a mutiny in Lesotho.

Date:
17 August 2015
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Corporate Accountability

South Africa: Suspend those behind the Marikana killings and subsequent cover-up

All members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) implicated in the Marikana killings and subsequent cover-up must be suspended immediately pending the outcome of further investigations, said Amnesty International today, ahead of the third anniversary of the unlawful and fatal police shootings of 34 striking miners. As a first step, President Zuma must initiate the suspension of the National Commissioner of Police, Riah Phiyega.

Date:
14 August 2015
  • News
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

South Africa: Allowing Al-Bashir to evade justice shows total disregard for the law

The South African governments shocking failure to heed to its own court order and arrest Bashir is a betrayal to the hundreds of thousands of victims who were killed during the Darfur conflict, Amnesty International said today. The North Gauteng High Court ruled this afternoon that the South African government’s failure to detain Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was inconsistent with the Constitution and that the government should have arrested him upon his arrival in the country pending a formal request from the ICC.

Date:
15 June 2015