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Statement by Lawyers for Human Rights (Swaziland) on the Right to Land and Housing in Africa

STATEMENT BY THE LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (SWAZILAND) ON THE RIGHT TO LAND AND HOUSING IN AFRICA

Presented on the ocassion of the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right, in Banjul, The Gambia
1 – 15 November, 2017

Honourable Madam Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners;

LHR(S) recognises that article 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (African Charter) guarantees the right to property. This right encompasses the right to land and by extension, the right to housing.

Madam Chairpesron, LHR(S) notes that almost fifty (50) years of independence African people are still landless in their countries of birth and the land question remains a critical issue and unresolved in many African countries; thus African people remain refugees in their own countries of origin.  Continue reading

Brutal Attack in Cato Manor – Comrades are Currently Being Assaulted in Police Custody

Friday, 27 October 2017
Emergency Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Brutal Attack in Cato Manor – Comrades are Currently Being Assaulted in Police Custody

This morning the Anti-Land Invasion Unit launched another brutal and illegal attack on the new land occupation in Cato Manor. Once again they destroyed and burnt people’s homes and possessions and engaged in serious assault.

Once again people resisted. Four comrades were arrested and taken to the Cato Manor police station where they are currently being subject to serious assault. Two other comrades have also been arrested and are currently in a police van.   Continue reading

Toward Freedom – South Africa: The Politics of Blood

Richard Pithouse, Toward Freedom

It has been just over five years since the South African state massacred thirty-four striking miners under the washed out blue of a winter afternoon. That event has come to mark a decisive rupture in the standing of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa and abroad.

During the mass struggles of the 1980s the ANC came, for many people, to be entwined with the very idea of the nation and its aspirations. But five years after the massacre there is a general sense that the vision of collective emancipation that was once widely thought to animate the ANC has collapsed. It has been replaced with a politics of brazen venality undergirded with organized dishonesty, slander and violence. The party, and the state it manages, are increasingly seen as more of a predatory excrescence on society than an expression of society – as a route to personal enrichment and a mechanism for exercising social control in a context of mass impoverishment and escalating dissent.  Continue reading

Abahlali Women’s Choral Society to Launch its First Album

Friday, 6 October 2017Abahlali Women Choral Society
Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement

Abahlali Women’s Choral Society to Launch its First Album

Women’s power is the foundation of our movement. Abahlali women have always been in the for-front of our struggle for land, decent housing and dignity. Women have always been in forefront of defending our struggle and facing serious attacks from the state. They have been beaten, tortured, arrested and some have been killed in the hands of the police, gangster politicians and izinkabi. Our movement is committed to building women’s power in struggle.  Continue reading