AFLA Quarterly on Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance published

16-04-2003 Bron: Africa Legal Aid

* In his contribution Some Critical Reflections on the Durban World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), Prof. Gutto reflects on his involvement in the Durban World Conference, the apparent lack of pre-Durban national dialogues and highlights selected aspects of the WCAR including: Racism and racist-driven slavery and slave trade, responsibility, accountability and remedies for racism, racial slavery and slave trade, oppressed and marginalised indigenous peoples, the infamous US and Israeli walk out, gender sexism and racism as well as law, law administration and racism. * In his article Racial Discrimination and the Rights of Non-Citizens, Prof. Th. van Boven discusses the ambiguities of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CERD) in the definition of racial discrimination which could have racial implications for non-citizens. He refers to the work of the Special Rapporteur dealing with the rights of non-citizens. He notes that the report of the Special Rapporteur is awaited with great interest. * In her contribution Özden Kutluer-Yalim provides an overview of the WCAR. She highlights the difficulties encountered at the NGO forums prior to the conference and difficulties encountered during the conference itself. Nevertheless, she concludes that Durban was the most effective conference she ever attended. * In The Basson Trial-A Test Case for Universal Jurisdiction for Apartheid Crimes?, Phenyo Rakate discussed the costly (between 40 to 50 million Rands of State money) trial and acquittal of Wouter Basson, a former captain who headed the South African Defense Force (SADF), for more than 46 counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, fraud and other crimes arising from related activities of the SADF. He concludes that a society which fails to confront its past conflicts and strife may well be sitting on a time bomb. * In Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia as Causes and Consequences of Forced Movements of Population in Africa, Sadikh Niass discusses the forms of discrimination experienced in the country of asylum, the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in relation to Refugee protection and the treatment of refugee rights by the WCAR. * In Human Rights versus Non-Derogable Rights! Where do We Draw the Line? Moloko wa ga Malakalaka discusses the racist and xenophobic trends in South Africa. He pays particular attention to Johannesburg and its influx of asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants. * In her special column, Dr. Abaka on Gender Equality, Dr. Abaka highlights the impact of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action on the Work of the CEDAW Committee.

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