Frustration with SA government – Human Rights Watch

2017-01-12 19:11

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Johannesburg – South Africans are frustrated with government’s inability to tackle the country’s problems, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Thursday.

 “The public’s confidence in government’s willingness to tackle human rights violations, corruption and respect for the rule of law has eroded,” reads the report, which was released in Washington DC.

It highlighted a number of human rights issues in countries around the globe.

In South Africa, it referred to problems in education, the high rate of violence against women, and the inquiry into suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

“Contrary to the government’s international and domestic obligations, many children with disabilities do not have equal access to primary or secondary education and face multiple forms of discrimination and barriers when accessing schools.”

Rights groups had expressed concerns about the government’s failure to develop a national strategy to combat the high rate of violence against women and the continued under-reporting of rape, according to the report.

South Africa’s human rights problems included the government’s failure to hold those responsible for xenophobic attacks on the homes and businesses of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants between March and May 2015, accountable.

In its criticism of the country’s response to xenophobia, the report highlighted Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s comments that foreigners should “pack their bags and go home”, which he made in September last year.

On a more positive note, South Africa had taken significant steps to improve co-ordination between government’s and civil society’s efforts to combat violence, including rape and murder, against lesbians and transgender men.

“To protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, in September, the government declared homophobic United States pastor Steven Anderson an undesirable person and barred him and his associates from entering the country.”

 

Read more on:    riah phiyega  |  xenophobia  |  education  |  corruption

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