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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

International relations

[Source: Daily Maverick by Simon Allison.]

South Africa has begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court by notifying the United Nations on Thursday that it intended to revoke its ratification of the Rome Statute, which established the court, as a result of the court’s perceived biases against African nations. However, without parliamentary approval, it’s unclear if the government has the authority to unilaterally withdraw.

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[Source: World Tribune by John J. Metzler.]

In a quiet but contentious campaign, countries are competing for new openings on the UN’s Human Rights Council.   Many of the contenders for membership on the Geneva-based body include the political Whos Who of authoritarian regimes who are noteworthy abusers of the very human rights they would be slated to protect. Read more

[Source: South African Monitor.]

Russia wants to promote strategic partnerships and economic cooperation with African countries, President Vladimir Putin said at VTB Capital’s “Russia Calling” Forum on 11 October 2016.

Putin’s statement came at a time of high tensions between Russia and Western forces. President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa are likely to be among Putin’s allies during this period. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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