SA's implementation of human rights laws 'problematic' - HRW

AUcouncil meeting underway in AddisJohannesburg – Human Rights Watch South Africa says while the country has strong human rights laws in place, implementation remains "problematic".

Human Rights Watch launched their annual report in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

It reported that South Africa continued to face a number of human rights challenges, particularly in terms of its treatment of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, adding that government had struggled to stop attacks on the homes and businesses of foreign nationals.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) senior researcher for Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, Dewa Mavhinga, said the NGO wanted a strong response from government in terms of what steps would be taken to ensure that these attacks would stop – especially in terms of xenophobia, hate speech and racism.

Available: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sas-implementation-of-human-rights-laws-problematic-sahrc-20160127 

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