The upcoming Hate Crimes Bill: A welcome development in the fight against xenophobia and hate crimes in South AfricaPosted: 5 August, 2016 | Author: AfricLaw | Filed under: Gideon Muchiri | Tags: Abubacarr Saidykhan, belief, birth, constitution, crime, culture, disability, Equality Act, ethnic or social origin, gender, gender identity, Hate Crimes Bill, hate speech, human rights, language, law, legislation, monitoring mechanism, National Prosecution Authority, nationality, NPA, occupation, police, Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, race, religion, sex, sexual orientat, South Africa, South African Constitution, victim, xenophobia | 1 Comment
Author: Gideon Muchiri
LLD student, Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJCD) of South Africa is working on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes Bill, due for tabling in Parliament in September 2016. This Bill, if enacted into law, will strengthen the role of law enforcement officials including the police, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and courts in holding perpetrators of hate crimes, including xenophobic conduct, legally accountable for not only the criminal acts committed, but also for the hate motive. The new law will foster a rights-based approach to enhancement of the rights of victims and thus send a clear and unequivocal message to the society that crimes motivated by hate and xenophobia will not be tolerated in South Africa and are subject to punishment.
We must include and empower people with disabilitiesPosted: 8 December, 2015 | Author: AfricLaw | Filed under: William Aseka | Tags: 3 December 2015, Basic Education Act of 2014, constitution, Constitution of Kenya, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD, disability, disability rights, discrimination, education, emplyment, gender, inlcusion, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Kenya, Kenya National Survey for Persons with Disabilities, political participation, social participation, social particpation, transportation, United Nations | 2 Comments
Author: William Aseka
Disability Rights Program Advisor, Kenya Human Rights Commission
Today one billion people around the world are living with disabilities. According to Kenya National Survey for Persons with Disabilities more than three million people in Kenya are living with disabilities. Many persons with disabilities have good jobs and proper education. However, far too many persons with disabilities in Kenya face barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.