Is SA turning its back on international human rights?

South African Human Rights Commissioner Danny Titus says despite out strong Constitution and internal checks and balances, we are not playing our part in upholding international human rights.

When it comes to our international commitments, our international obligations, to human rights, South Africa has been found wanting

Commissioner Danny Titus, SAHRC

Titus told Stephen Grootes that South Africa signed a ratified covenant in 1998 to complete a report by 2000. It was only submitted in 2014 - fourteen years late.

Now that is an indication to us that we do not take that responsibility seriously.

Commissioner Danny Titus, SAHRC

Another big question mark falls around South Africa's refusal to uphold the International Criminal Court instruction to arrest Sudanese President‚ Omar Al-Bashir.

We signed a ratified document and then turn our backs on it.

Commissioner Danny Titus, SAHRC

This article first appeared on 702 : Is SA turning its back on international human rights?


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