Covid-19

Pandemic-induced human rights violations a double tragedy to humanity

By |2020-07-07T10:32:24+02:00Jul 7th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The dreaded Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the world has already affected all aspects of our lives in ways that are not only still unfolding, but will be with us for a very long time. Coronavirus is spreading across the world at such a ferocious speed that globally almost 11 500 000 have been infected and over [...]

Rise in forced labour expected amid the Covid-19 economic crisis

By |2020-06-22T14:10:06+02:00Jun 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Against the backdrop of South Africa’s poor economic prognosis, the practice of forced labour is set to rise in the coming months and years. The Covid-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. Forced labour is a type of human trafficking, defined under the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act. Other types of human trafficking [...]

‘Community’ During The COVID-19 Lockdown

By |2020-05-06T12:02:05+02:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The novel coronavirus pandemic, or COVID-19, has forced many of us inside our homes and asked of us to do something that does not come naturally to most human beings: stay away from each other. While social distancing- as it has come to be known- is crucial for curbing the spread of the virus and easing [...]

Army and police violence spurs racial tensions

By |2020-05-06T11:57:44+02:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The excessive violence meted out to members of the public by soldiers of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) over the past weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown is fuelling racial tensions in South Africa, especially online. Their modus operandi exudes the long-lasting trauma of a country built on violence and structural oppression. During the Covid-19 [...]

A resilient informal sector is more crucial than ever

By |2020-05-06T11:44:38+02:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 have seriously disrupted the economy, but it is informal workers who have been disproportionately affected. Not only has the government lockdown exposed how invisible the informal sector is to policymakers, but it has also created a moral dilemma for workers in that sector who must choose between abiding by [...]

The democratic process of voting was wearing thin before lockdown

By |2020-05-05T14:29:41+02:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

One year ago, on Friday May 8, something happened that would be unthinkable today. More than 17-million South Africans lined up around the country, without any concern for physical distancing, to cast their vote in the elections. Those elections seem like a lifetime ago. So much has changed since then and it seems increasingly difficult to imagine [...]

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the shadow pandemic of patriarchal GBV rages unchecked

By |2020-04-29T09:50:20+02:00Apr 29th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The stories follow a script: countries declare a nationwide lockdown and within days helplines are inundated with complaints of domestic violence. We saw this in China, Brazil, Italy and more recently South Africa where 87,000 grievances were reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS) during the first week of lockdown. Frequently referred to as the “shadow pandemic”, the [...]

Global virus proves we are one

By |2020-04-22T11:50:05+02:00Apr 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The devastating and wide-ranging effects of Covid-19 have caused the disruption of human society on a global scale. The disease does not discriminate against its victims on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, religion or affluence and it has fuelled global pandemonium. As an initial reaction, governments called on their citizens to retreat within national [...]

IJR Media Statement: Regarding the Strandfontein Temporary Homeless Shelter

By |2020-04-17T13:22:11+02:00Apr 17th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Attention All Media Houses: For Immediate Release 17 April 2020 IJR Media Statement: Regarding the Strandfontein Temporary Homeless Shelter The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation would like to express its concern about recent reports describing the resettlement of homeless people at a temporary shelter Strandfontein, Cape Town. The homeless population are a vulnerable group in normal [...]

The Covid-19 pandemic is not an excuse to trample on human rights

By |2020-04-16T10:32:31+02:00Apr 16th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The dreaded Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe has already affected all aspects of our lives in ways that are not only still unfolding, but will be with us for a very long time. It is spreading across the world at such a ferocious speed that in only four months it has infected more than two million people  and [...]