Pretoria, 25 November 2019 – The United Nations in South Africa will join government, civil society and the private sector in marking 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence starting on 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year, the UN’s commemoration of 16 Days will focus on galvanising support… Read More »
Some 150 foreign nationals, involved in a protest since 8 October outside UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Pretoria, South Africa, have forced their way into the compound this morning. The group may include refugees and asylum-seekers. The majority of our staff were safely evacuated out of the building.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to South Africa. He met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, and other senior Government representatives, with whom he discussed the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Grandi commended South Africa’s commitment to protecting people fleeing countries affected by conflict, violence and persecution. He noted that many South Africans had themselves experienced… Read More »
Poor diets damaging children’s health worldwide,warns UNICEF Poverty, urbanisation, climate change and poor eating choices driving unhealthy diets South Africa has the highest percentage of overweight children under 5 and adolescents 10-19 years in the Eastern and Southern Africa region Pretoria, 15 October 2019 – An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor… Read More »
GENEVA / PRETORIA (27 September 2019) – The Government of South Africa must act urgently to end the dangers faced by people with albinism who face discrimination based on colour, a prohibited ground of racial discrimination, says visiting UN Independent Expert Ikponwosa Ero. “Although apartheid ended 25 years ago and an inclusive constitution was introduced, people with albinism continue… Read More »
PRETORIA (16 September 2019) – The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by people with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, will make an official visit to South Africa from 16 to 26 September 2019. “I will assess both general and specific measures that are in place to enhance the enjoyment of human rights by… Read More »