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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...
Africa Business and Human Rights

South Africa: Zambian children and women sue mining giant Anglo American; Amnesty International submits third party intervention to South African court

On 9 May 2022, Amnesty International and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) applied to intervene as amici curiae (“friends of the court”) in a class action lawsuit launched by a group of Zambian children and women against the mining giant Anglo American in South Africa. The claimants are...
Angola Children

Southern Africa: Alarming rise in the number of girls experiencing sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies during the pandemic calls on governments to take action to protect girls’ rights

Authorities across Southern Africa must immediately take action to protect girls’ rights to health, information, education, equality and to live freely from gender-based violence and discrimination, Amnesty International said today as the world continues to mark 16 Days of Activism against...
South Africa Technology and Human Rights

South Africa: Twitter Scorecard: Tracking Twitter’s progress in addressing violence and abuse against women online in South Africa

Twitter is a social media platform used by hundreds of millions of people around the world to debate, network and share information with each other. As such, it can be a powerful tool for people to make connections and express themselves. But for many women and non-binary persons across the globe...
Madagascar COVID-19

Southern Africa: Treated like furniture

Southern African governments responded to the emergence of COVID-19 with states of emergency/disaster and lockdown measures of varying degrees which, to a greater or lesser extent, justifiably curtailed human rights, most notably the freedom of movement. These restrictive measures precipitated...