PEN’s 2016 Universal Periodic Review Submission on Human Rights in SA
27 Oct 2016
PEN South Africa, PEN Afrikaans and PEN International recently welcomed the opportunity provided by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) to comment on the climate of human rights in South Africa. OHCHR facilitates the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which involves a review of the human rights records of the UN member states.
The submission focuses in particular on the context of freedom of expression in the country since the last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 31 May 2012. This submission follows the shadow report submitted by PEN South Africa and PEN International to the second cycle of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review on 20 November 2011.
The submission addresses legislative and regulatory concerns including the Freedom of Information Bill, the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill and the Media Appeals Tribunal as well as looking at issues at the SABC, violence against journalists and South Africa’s failure to uphold free expression standards at the Human Rights Council.