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Legal instruments to prevent the oppression of minorities

09 May 2012, 08:10

As some of you know, myself and a couple of other people have started a new organisation, that we hope will eventually address the inequalities facing minority groups in South Africa today.

Setting up the website is an ongoing process, and I'd like to thank all of the people who have already contact me to offer their incsupport and thanks. It's going to be slow going, since it's a side project for all involved, but I think it's worth the effort!

Anyway, that's not what this post is about.

This post is about legal instruments that exist in international law, that are designed to safeguard the rights of minorities.

I've already added the full text of two of these to the site here: http://www.saminorities.org/minorities-and-the-law.html, and I will be adding more as time goes by.

What we all need to realise is that while South African law may be designed to discriminate against minorities in South Africa, there ARE international laws that are designed to protect us. As the site develops, we are planning to put links to organisations that can help minority groups and individuals to assert those rights, and more, on it but for now, if you're interested, take some time and read them.

Laws that discriminate against ethnic, linguistic, religious or other minority groups are JUST as illegal under international law as the laws that made apartheid a reality were. We DO have rights, and we need to know them, and demand that they are upheld.

While you're on the site, make sure you spread the word too. Everyone who believes in a free, fair and equal South Africa for ALL the races that live here is welcome, and the more voices we have, the sooner we will achieve the real dream of the New NEW South Africa.

Aluta Continua

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