SA changes position on declaration on human rights

In what seems to be an about-turn, South Africa intends to voted in favour of adopting a resolution that would recognise threats against defenders of human rights violations.

702's Redi Tlhabi on Monday spoke to Dr Philani Mthembu from the Institute for Global Dialogue on what could have informed the foreign policy decision and what the implications could be.

Listen to the interview below:

...They have a worry that leading western nations could use that as a pretext to intervene in domestic affairs.

Dr Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue

The debate seems to have been is if there is a need to go further and give human rights defenders additional rights.

Dr Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue

...Certain clauses which stand on strong moral principles can be open to abuse for instance, principles of responsibility to protect.

Dr Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue

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