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South Africa: Challenges to Fundamental Rights

Email (Johannesburg) – In 2012, South Africa faced one of its most challenging years for protecting human rights since the birth of constitutional democracy in 1994, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Three worrisome developments in particular emerged. The adoption of the Protection of State Information Bill by the National Council of Provinces in 2012, that would most likely be approved by the National Assembly in 2013, threatens freedom of expression and the free exchange of information. The tragic killings at Lonmin Platinum Mine in August 2012 amounted to the failure…

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