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Rights Day Statement
Trust of Southern Africa (SAHRIT)
December 10, 2001
We are joining other
civic organisations and stakeholders in commemorating the Human Rights
The Human Rights Day
is an occasion for stakeholders to reflect on the extent to which internationally
agreed human rights standards are guaranteed in each state party. The
states in southern Africa should make more effort to ensure that all human
rights are enjoyed by all citizens.
We take this opportunity
to call upon SADC member states, civic organisations, the media and other
stakeholders to strive to eliminate poverty, corruption, inequality, fear,
intolerance and all other ills of society. Above all, efforts to create
a safety net for victims of HIV/AIDS should be doubled. HIV/AIDS has created
serious security and developmental challenges for the region. The plight
of the sufferers, orphans and the communities in the face of the disease
calls upon immediate intervention at local, national, regional and international
level. Never before has the need for everyone to act been so desperate.
The region needs to act now.
SAHRIT also welcomes
the adoption of the SADC Protocol Against Corruption by the heads of state
and government in August 2001. We call upon all the stakeholders at national
level to play their part in the implementation of the protocol. In particular,
civil society and the media should work tirelessly to secure government
commitment to the implementation of the Protocol.
Rights Trust of Southern Africa
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