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SAHRC concerned about govt’s commitment to uphold human rights laws

Last year, government allowed Omar al-Bashir to leave South Africa despite a high court order.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) logo. Picture: www.sahrc.org.za
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Local World

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it’s told the United Nations it’s worried about government’s commitment to upholding international human rights laws because of the way it acted during the Omar al-Bashir saga.

Last year, government allowed the Sudanese leader to leave South Africa despite a high court order that he be detained in the country and a request from the International Criminal Court (ICC) that he be arrested.

South Africa has signed laws that incorporate ICC into its domestic legislation.

But officials said they did not know he had left the country.

SAHRC commissioner Danny Titus says it was one of the major issues they discussed with the UN.

“We also refer to the al-Bashir case, that is of public knowledge, where we also signed a rectify document and turned our backs on it. That is a concern.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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