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Southern Africa: New Leaders Can Do More for Rights

Expand A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters (Johannesburg) – New leadership in key Southern Africa countries renewed hope for greater respect for human rights, but the region’s leaders failed to live up to expectations in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019.   South Africa’s poor human rights record remained unchanged after Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the former labor leader, replaced Jacob Zuma as president in February. In Zimbabwe, post-election violence and a military…

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