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Young African leaders debate and propose solutions to challenges facing Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/Asianet-Pakistan — More than 100 young African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 7 – 8 to identify solutions to tough challenges in communities throughout the region by tapping youth innovation and leadership. Young African leaders from 14 countries, including Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the Southern Africa Regional Conference as part of the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Please follow and like us:

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Human Rights OP-ED 

Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally

 Community leaders, lawyers, journalists and other human rights defenders across the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.   “What we are witnessing today is a full-frontal assault by governments, armed groups, corporations and others with power on the very right to defend human rights. Human rights defenders bear the brunt of this global attack,” said Salil Shetty, the Secretary General…

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Nigerian Police Human Rights World 

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

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Court orders Botswana government to provide HIV treatment to non-citizen prisoners

HIV MedicinesGaborone, 18 March – In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners. 

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV – leading to a significant deterioration in their health. Non-citizen prisoners were expected to pay for HIV treatment themselves. 

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Victory for women’s rights in southern Africa as Botswana Court of Appeal finds women can inherit under customary law

 GABORONE – The fight for women’s rights in Botswana took a major step forward today when the Court of Appeal in Ramantele v Mmusi and Others upheld the right of four sisters to inherit their family homestead, rejecting the argument that under Ngwaketse customary law only sons were allowed to inherit it.

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