SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION VOICES CONCERN OVER GOVT’S COMMITMENT

| July 18, 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed serious concern about what it says is the government's waning commitment to international law and human rights.

The organization has written a letter to International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane cautioning against reported plans for South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and questioning the government's voting decisions at the United Nations.

SAHRC Chairman Lawrence Mushwana expressed concern about how the State handled the case concerning Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, saying that failure to arrest him when he was in South Africa to attend an African Union summit showed the country's waning commitment to international criminal law.

Mushwana cautioned against South Africa withdrawing from the ICC, saying there was no viable alternative. The commission also questioned the country's voting decisions in the UN where it abstained from voting on a resolution pertaining to gay rights.

South Africa also raised eyebrows when it voted with Russia and China on a resolution that has been linked to freedom of expression online.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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