Zuma/Magufuli Petitioned Over Human Rights Abuse

The Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) today petitioned the Tanzanian government and Southern African Development Community (SADC) over the persecution of human rights defenders (HRDs) by State actors, which impede the legitimate work of human rights defenders. SAHRDN, a coalition of Southern African HRDs organisations delivered the petitions to the Embassy of Tanzania and the South African embassy for onward transmission to President Jacob Zuma, who is the Chairperson of SADC. Through the petition, which has been endorsed by more than 100 organisations and individuals, SAHRDN noted with…

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Sanitary Pads Prices Increase

SOURCE: The DailyNews The Price of Sanitary wear has shot through the roof despite the fact that importers of raw materials used to manufacture them are not paying any duty at the ports of entry. Beginning this year, government scrapped duty on sanitary wear raw materials to make the products affordable following a strong push by legislators. Other sanitary wear products are fetching as much as $2. In most supermarkets surveyed, products such as panty liners have become scarce. Locally manufactured pads have also disappeared from supermarket shelves.  

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need. Made up of 36 patient groups and civil society organisations representing people affected by most major diseases in South Africa, the FTPL Coalition will hand over its in-depth submission in support of the draft…

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