SAHRC demands meeting with minister over SA's 'waning' human rights committment

2016-07-17 15:07
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

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Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has written a stern letter to International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, asking to meet her to discuss concerns over the country’s seemingly "waning" commitment to human rights, the organisation announced on Sunday.

"South Africa's commitment to the [constitutional] values and principles in its international relations seem to be waning," said SAHRC chairperson, Advocate Lourence Mushwana, in the letter sent to the minister on Friday.

He raised concerns over the government’s recent abstention from a UN vote upholding gay rights as well as the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – who is wanted by the International Criminal Court - when he was in the country in June last year.

"The Commission reiterates the importance of South Africa maintaining its leadership role in the continent insofar as the promotion and the protection of human rights," Mushwana wrote.

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