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CER condemns ongoing scourge of gender based violence and attacks on foreign nationals

6 September 2019 at 1:50 pm

The Centre for Environmental Rights stands in solidarity with protests against the femicide epidemic as well as against xenophobic attacks that have gripped the nation.

The CER supports Sonke Gender Justice in their call for government to implement a fully funded strategic plan to combat gender based violence.

CER supports The Lawyers for Human Rights’ call for all state organs to react strongly and condemn the xenophobic violence which “threaten(s) the fabric of our democracy.”

“Our Constitution protects the rights of all people not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex, gender or country of origin.  As defenders of human rights, social justice activists and lawyers, CER condemns the brutal killing, rape and assault of women and the attacks on foreign nationals.  We stand in solidarity with and offer our deepest condolences to the survivors and all impacted by this systemic violence. Enough is enough. We call on government to act urgently and respond to this national crisis,” Wandisa Phama, Acting Executive Director of CER.

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