An Uncomfortable, Unspeakable Truth

"I don't know if you've seen Yizo Yizo?" asks Morris (not his real name), a recently released ex-prisoner who has spent close to three decades in South African prisons. He is explaining to us how ...

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Breaking the Cycle

The BBC programme "Cage of Dreams" screened on Special Assignment on Tuesday 22 May 2001 illustrates the extent to which violence has become an institutional culture within prisons. The prison authorities have done little more ...

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A Safe Place to Hide

Last year's Christmas Day assassination of a married couple Yusuf and Fahiema Enous who were to testify as witnesses in a Pagad related bombing trial made headline news for a couple of important reasons. On ...

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Racism, Brutality and Corruption are the Key Human Rights Challenges Facing the Transformation of the SAPS

An appreciation of human rights has failed to take proper root throughout the SAPS despite the transformation that has so far taken place. Key indicators that reflect this unfortunate reality can be found in the ...

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CSVR Expresses Its Solidarity with the People of Nigeria and Condemns Human Rights Violations

Putting an End to Police Criminality

The recent dog unit incident highlighted a number of problems confronting police transformation. While much of the attention was on the serious issue of racism in the police, some of the other broad challenges confronting ...

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Stop Hijacking a Hard-won Day

On November 25 1993, International Day of No Violence Against Women, a tiny crowd of 10 took to the streets. By November 25 1999, public opinion had changed so much that hundreds of people turned ...

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Violence Lurks in State Services

Queues for state services are the embodiment of indifference to those who wait, with disrespect and apathy often the only rewards. Consider this incident during our monitoring of the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act. Ms ...

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