South Africa: The Status of Human Rights Defenders

In April 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) published The Status of Human Rights Defenders in South Africa, a report on the protection of human rights in South Africa. The report aims to provide an overview of the challenges faced by human rights defenders in South Africa, as well as identify gaps in protection, the legal and moral failings of the South African context and highlight the roles and responsibilities of various actors to protect defenders.

The document analyses the insufficiency of the domestic legal for the effective protection of defenders, and provides key recommendations to authorities to improve their safety.

Find the document here in English (South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)) or alternatively here (OHCHR).