AfriForum turns to UN over farm murders

2011-04-04 16:03
Johannesburg - AfriForum intends informing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the "alarming incidence" of farm murders in South Africa and the hate speech lawsuit against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, it said on Monday.

"The fight against farm murders and hate speech is one of AfriForum's biggest priorities," AfriForum spokesperson Ernst Roets said in a statement.

"We will even take the fight against farm killings and Malema's hate speech to an international level," he said.

He intended doing so at a two-day UNHRC conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday.

The conference aims to prevent of the incitement of hatred on the grounds of nationality, race or religion.

An AfriForum hate speech lawsuit against Malema will be heard in the South Gauteng High Court next week.

AfriForum has asked the court to issue an order declaring the "shoot the boer" slogan, which has been used by Malema, as hate speech.

It also wants the court to grant an interdict prohibiting Malema from making statements which encourage and promote hostility towards any ethnic group, including Afrikaners

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