Little Joy, No Rainbow, Victimised Again

After lobbying around the issue of reparations for the past seven years, civil society found little to rejoice about in President Mbeki's speech to Parliament this week.Rather than use the opportunity to step closer to ...

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Law Offers Hope in Fight against Racism

Unlike their apartheid predecessors, racist incidents can be tackled through the law that offers protection from prejudice.At a time when racist incidents rarely make the news unless they are extremely violent or highly politicised, Xolela ...

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CSVR Submission on the Child Justice Bill

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has read the proposed Bill and would like to comment on one aspect thereof that relates to Restorative Justice elements. Broadly speaking, the CSVR is satisfied ...

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Sex Behind the Bars

'He may be fucking his cellmate every night' but if you ask him: 'Have you had a homosexual experience in prison?' he will truthfully, as far as he is concerned answer, NO'. This is a ...

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Lethal Force Ruling Provides Greater Clarity, but Questions Remain

As might have been predicted there has been a high level of controversy around last week's Constitutional Court judgment, dealing with the use of lethal force in effecting arrest, in the case of s v ...

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

When Is It OK to Kill?

Should there be any circumstances where a person is lawfully able to kill another human being?Killing to defend someone is clearly legally justified in South Africa. In 1995 in the case of S v Makwanyane, ...

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Racism in the SAPS Must Be Stamped Out

Once again Racism will receive unprecedented attention at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban later this month.This concerted effort of different countries to meet for the purpose of having such discussions is indicative of ...

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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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