'Govt needs to do more to protect the rights of the poor'

Amnesty International says the poorest are most vulnerable when it comes to having their rights violated.

FILE:  Amnesty International says the poorest people are the most vulnerable when it comes to having their rights violated. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Amnesty International says the poorest people in society are the most vulnerable when it comes to having their rights violated.

Yesterday, the country commemorated the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre.

Amnesty International's Tracy Doig says government needs to do more to protect the rights of the poor.

"If you are poor, if you are living in an informal settlement and if you are a woman, particularly a young woman, there are many layers of violations that you can be exposed to. The poverty and inequality that we see in the country is an overwhelming violation of rights."

Meanwhile, the Rape Crisis Centre's Jeanne Bodenstein says while the country has progressed in theory, it has digressed practically when it comes to the protection of women and children's rights.

"These rights are being violated constantly and it's a grave concern, when the theory does not match up with what is practically experienced by women every day."