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BREAKING NEWS: Khulumani welcomes the ICC's 3 March 2015 Ruling on Reparations Principles in the Lubanga Appeals Judgment

Today, 3 March 2015, the International Criminal Court issued a ground-breaking judgment on reparations in which it confirmed a range of principles to inform the provision of reparations for victims of political violence and crimes, stating that the reparation scheme in the Rome Statute is the statute's key feature. For Khulumani, the ruling of the ICC confirms the necessity of providing reparations on an inclusive and non-discriminatory basis to avoid setting up tensions and divisions within communities.

SACTJ Highlights Potential Violations by the President of the Constitutional Court Ruling on the Special Dispensation for Presidential Pardons

Members of the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice call upon the President to reconsider the processes that he has announced are underway to resuscitate the Special Dispensation for Presidential Pardons for apartheid-era perpetrators of political crimes. The applications arise from the Special Dispensation on Political Pardons launched by former President Thabo Mbeki in 2007 in order to promote national reconciliation and unity andcomplete the unfinished business of the TRC.

THE SHARPEVILLE COMMEMORATION: A View and Concerns from Khulumani Sharpeville Committee

In the community in Sharpeville there is apparently deep unhappiness about the state of the graves of the 69 victims of the shooting of 21 March 1960. Initiatives are underway to consult and negotiate for solutions – hopefully in time for this year’s commemorations, 55th anniversary.  

Marjorie Jobson, National Director, Khulumani Support Group reports on the progress and the problems still demanding attention. Dr Jobson hopes for support and co-operation beyond the circle of those already involved in that community:  

Experiences of the PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information) Civil Society Network of access to information from both state and private bodies

The infographic (attached) reveals that in the words of Melissa Fourie, Director of the Centre for Environmental Rights, 

“Accessing basic information such as mining licenses, social and labour plans, water use licences and environmental management programmes – documents that are readily and publicly available in other countries – is a constant battle. Government and several industry players actively seek to prevent disclosure and government often refrains from exercising its regulatory oversight adequately….. This frustrates the realisation of constitutional rights that depend on the ability of individuals, communities, civil society organisations, companies and decision-makers to access this information."

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Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Mar 26 06:53:22 +0000 2015

Visit the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre website for a summary and extensive list of articles/resources...
Khulumani (KSG)
Thu Mar 26 06:46:10 +0000 2015

@BHRRC Good summary (Eng & German) with extensive list of links to articles - SA #Apartheid #Reparations #Lawsuit
Khulumani (KSG)
Fri Mar 20 06:33:59 +0000 2015

Listen to 3 min podcast: Consultations with victims of apartheid should take priority before pardons - SAFM...
Khulumani (KSG)
Fri Mar 20 06:01:47 +0000 2015

@DhashenMoo thanks for tweet and link!