Justice & Accountability
 
29 September 2014
Civil society organisations have issued a joint statement calling for the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Arms Deal to be dissolved.   
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12 September 2014
   
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12 September 2014
3 February 1952 – 12 September 1989 12 September is the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Namibian lawyer and human rights activist Anton Lubowski by members of South Africa's Civil Cooperation Bureau (CBB).    
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09 September 2014
Today the Right2Know Campaign releases its 2014 ‘Secret State of the Nation' report, a snapshot study of trends, patterns and challenges with secrecy in South Africa.   
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12 June 2014
SAHA hosted a full day workshop for NGOs on how to use PAIA as an advocacy tool in the basic education sector.   
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30 May 2014
SAHA, with the PAIA CSN, recently provided feedback on amendments proposed by the Rules Board for Courts of Law, aimed at bringing uniformity to the Court rules in all courts.   
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30 May 2014
This month a number of former Transnet employees finally received records from First National Bank (FNB) after seeking help from SAHA to obtain their home loan records through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA).    
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30 May 2014
The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to documenting and raising awareness of past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. In line with this    
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29 May 2014
SAHA is looking for a dedicated, thorough, meticulous individual with a keen interest in the history of struggles for justice in South Africa to work with the archival team for a 6-month internship starting in July 2014.   
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13 May 2014
Cartoons from Zapiro, depicting Wouter Basson, head of the SADF's notorious apartheid-era Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme, during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    
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09 May 2014
By selecting SAHA as your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet beneficiary, you can support our work every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen Quikshops, Toys R Us, Waltons, Reggie’s, kalahari.com, Power24 and more.   
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30 April 2014
As ex-SADF psychiatrist Aubrey Levin starts his jail term in Canada, Terry Bell recalls the abuse endured by gays in the apartheid military, a dark chapter in South Africa's past also reflected in SAHA's archives.    
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27 April 2014
Sign a petition calling on the Health Professions Council of South Africa to remove Dr Wouter Basson, former head of apartheid South Africa's notorious chemical and biological warfare programme, from the register of medical practitioners.   
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22 April 2014
A new notice from the South African Human Rights Commission serves as reminder to public bodies that PAIA trumps other contrary legislation when it comes to information disclosure.   
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17 April 2014
After four years Morena Mofokeng, finally received a signed decision from the President on his kingship application after seeking the help of SAHA under PAIA.   
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20 March 2014
We've been reading up on the music movement that rocked apartheid South Africa, important global principles on national security & the right to information, and a back to basics introduction to digitisation for archives and libraries.   
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10 February 2014
SAHA is looking for up to two dedicated and dynamic individuals interested in learning more about building a career in human rights advocacy, to join its Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) for a 6 - 12 month internship starting from March 2014.   
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31 January 2014
Ryan Shapiro, a United States (US) citizen, has filed a lawsuit against the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) for failure to respond to a request for Nelson Mandela’s arrest records.   
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16 December 2013
Messages from TRC posters in the SAHA Poster Collection: Let's speak out to each other. By telling the truth. By telling our stories of the past. So we can walk the road to reconciliation together.   
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06 December 2013
As the world mourns the loss of a renowned icon, Nelson Mandela, SAHA has pulled out some of the best Madiba posters from its archive to say 'siyabulela Tata, ulale ngoxolo!'    
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06 December 2013
As one of its achievements to end the year, SAHA has improved the functionality of the PAIA Request Tracker and has shared those developments with its network of users.    
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05 December 2013
As an organisation developed and strengthened by its volunteers, SAHA applaud all those who volunteer to make the world a better place.   
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03 December 2013
The Right2Know campaign has brought community leaders’ and activists to its inaugural leadership school.    
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28 November 2013
View posters pulled out of the rich SAHA archive resource for the 16 Days of Activism. Some of them will remain on display in the SAHA courtyard for the duration of the initiative. These posters are from AL2446 The SAHA Poster Collection.    
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25 November 2013
Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child abuse under the theme, ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world. Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women’.    
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25 November 2013
The findings of the PAIA Civil Society Network Shadow Report 2013 represented graphically, courtesy of PCSN member, Corruption Watch   
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22 November 2013
On the eve of the International Day to End Impunity, civil society report shows that the right of access to information, fundamental to promote accountability & combat impunity, remains under threat in South Africa.   
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21 November 2013
SAHA is looking for a dynamic individual with a strong commitment to building a career in human rights advocacy to join its Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP).    
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13 November 2013
On 12 November 2013, the National Assembly passed the Secrecy Bill with 255 votes in favour and 88 against.   
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01 November 2013
SAHA has completed the first phase of processing the Constitution Hill Trust collection that relates to the history, vision and development of the precinct and the Constitutional Court.    
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31 October 2013
An exciting collection of documents that shed light on the life of Dulcie Evon September, a renowned anti-apartheid activist, has finally been released to SAHA.   
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16 October 2013
Pro-Bono.org celebrated World Habitat Day, by hosting a housing information day themed “Responsible Urban Living”.    
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16 September 2013
President Jacob Zuma, has confirmed what a lot of Secrecy Bill critics have been saying; the Secrecy Bill does not pass Constitutional muster.   
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13 September 2013
The Right2Know Campaign welcomes President Zuma’s acknowledgement that the Secrecy Bill does not pass constitutional muster.   
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11 September 2013
Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) with the assistance of Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and groundWork won a land mark case using PAIA against giant steel producer ArcelorMittal.   
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10 September 2013
On 5 September, the Right2Know Campaign and the South African History Archive (SAHA) served court papers on the Minister of Police and Minister of Defence and War Veterans, to access a public list of National Key Points.   
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15 August 2013
It has been a year since SAHA moved to the Constitution Hill heritage site in Braamfontein. As a human rights archive, this strategic move has improved the organisation’s outreach, accessibility, public interaction and profile.   
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12 July 2013
Over two months later the Bill still awaits the signature of President Zuma.   
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10 July 2013
Questions still remain despite 12,000 pages of documents about expenditure on Nkandla being released to amaBhungane in response to their 2012 PAIA request   
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09 July 2013
The Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) has released a report entitled 'Global Right to Information Update: An Analysis by Region' to which SAHA contributed.   
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28 June 2013
SAHA meets with local NGOs in Bunia to explore ways in which archival processes and outreach could be used to strengthen their work.   
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27 June 2013
SAHA is pleased to announce that the application has been granted to serve as amicus curiae in the Nkadlagate litigation with pro-bono legal representation from Cliff-Dekker Hofmeyer Incorporated.    
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27 June 2013
On 27 June 2013 SAHA attended a successful Business and Transparency conference hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to promote dialogue and advocacy on transparency in the private sector.    
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26 June 2013
On 26 June, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Khulumani calls on the country’s political leadership to fulfil its obligations with respect to reparations for gross human rights violations   
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26 June 2013
The new records shed some light on the provision of houses and the progress on water augmentation projects as announced in the state of the nation address by the president.    
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24 June 2013
Australian lawyer, Kathryn Johnson, joins SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP)   
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21 June 2013
SAHA has successfully trained NGO's, CBO's and Individuals in the Housing sector to use the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to access information.   
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19 June 2013
June 19, 2013, marks 100 years since the notorious Natives Land Act came into effect in South Africa, severely restricted land ownership and freedom of residence within South Africa.   
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18 June 2013
The G8 summit held at the Lough Erne, Northern Ireland on June 18, issues a declaration.    
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13 June 2013
After a 6 month battle, the Department of Human Settlements has finally complied with PAIA and released housing related records.    
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12 June 2013
The Justice Initiative and more than 16 partner organizations, will shortly release the Global Principles on National Security and Right to Information.   
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06 June 2013
Department of Transport's whistle-blower policy sets out the processes and procedures and the related structures that individual can approach when they are aware of corruption and or maladministration within the department.   
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05 June 2013
Aimed at educating people on how to reduce foodprints on our natural environment, the UNEP adopted the theme ‘Think. Eat. Save.' as this year's celebration of World Environment Day.   
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04 June 2013
Open Government Partnership members in Africa met in Mombasa, Kenya from 28 to 30 May to discuss how to broaden and strengthen a strong civil society and government networks in Africa.    
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03 June 2013
The Right2Know Campaign has welcomed the decision by Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa to review the constitutionality of the National Key Points Act.   
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23 May 2013
Ireland and Australia join the OGP whilst Russia sends a letter indicating its withdrawal and the reasons are still unknown.    
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22 May 2013
Help us to identify areas which have been dedicated as national key points under the National Key Points Act (NKPA), Act 102 of 1980.   
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07 May 2013
SAHA compares PAIA and the Model law this is a first of 11 comaprison that pit existing African ATI laws and the recently released Model Law.   
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03 May 2013
Posters from the archives reflect the long struggle for press freedom in South Africa.   
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26 April 2013
As South Africa prepares to celebrate Freedom Day, the National Assembly votes in favour of a flawed draft that will undermine freedom of information in the country.   
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26 April 2013
SAHA prepares to go to court after the DOJ fails to comply with instruction to release a copy of the TRC database to SAHA under PAIA made in 2009.   
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23 April 2013
History educators are invited to participate in a series of mini-workshops in May 2013 on teaching about the South African TRC.    
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23 April 2013
National Department of Public Service and Administration which is the custodian of the Open Government Partnership in South Africa, publishes SA’s OGP self assessment report.   
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15 April 2013
The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights on 12 April 2013 officially launched its Model Law on Access to Information   
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11 April 2013
The Right2Know Campaign wishes to address recent comments in Parliament that seek to suggest that the outstanding problems with the Secrecy Bill are all but fixed   
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10 April 2013
April 10 marks 20 years since the assassination of the South African Communist Party leader and Commander of uMkhonto weSizwe (ANC military wing), Chris Hani in 1993 aged 47.    
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09 April 2013
Department of Correctional Services releases corruption records related to PAIA request SAH-2012-DCS-0004   
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28 March 2013
The Right2Know Campaign notes that the 'General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill' (the 'Spy Bill') has been finalised in the National Assembly committee and is all but ready for adoption.   
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26 March 2013
Disgruntled SABC Board members resign from their positions as past unresolved problems crop up again. Records released to SAHA demonstrate on-going frustrations.    
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25 March 2013
SAHA and the South African Human Rights Commission host the last in a series of three community training workshop in Soweto.   
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24 March 2013
The International Day for the Right to the Truth was proclaimed by the UN in December 2010 in honour of human rights violation victims.    
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19 March 2013
On Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered Eskom to disclose how much it charges BHP Billiton aluminum smelters for electricity.   
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18 March 2013
The Right to Know (R2K) Campaign held its 3rd annual summit 15 to 17 March 2013. The summit, attended by over 60 activists, professionals, community leaders and ordinary individuals representing communities, NGO's and CBO's, was hosted by the R2K Kwa-Zulu   
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04 March 2013
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopts a Model Law on Access to Information for Africa   
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04 March 2013
The Rwandan government adopted the access to information legislation, making it the 11th country in Africa to adopt the law.   
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28 February 2013
While Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has announced he will publicize the names of officials convicted of corruption, SAHA has been working to find out whether government departments try to prevent it before it happens.    
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28 February 2013
To mark Human Rights Month, SAHA and the SABC, are launching a new website centering on the 87-part ‘Truth Commission Special Report' television series, last broadcast 15 years ago.    
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27 February 2013
No policies, processes or procedures. Outdated archival tools and recording materials. No budget allocated for over 5 years. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the sad state of the South African Police video archives.   
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18 February 2013
Today the Right2Know Campaign releases its 'Secret State of the Nation' report, highlighting the state of secrecy and openness in South Africa today.   
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14 February 2013
Gauteng Right2Know campaign picketed outside Constitution Hill precinct in protest of the Secrecy Bill   
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14 February 2013
Established as the highest legal authority in the land in all constitutional matters, this court is a key institution in ensuring that the country's democratic principles are upheld.   
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12 February 2013
The National Assembly Committee considering the Spy Bill is scheduled to have its first meeting today, to discuss amendments to the bill proposed by the committee members.   
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08 February 2013
The South African History Archive trains the housing sector on PAIA, tool that will be instrumental in assisting the housing sector in their advocacy work to protect their rights.   
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01 February 2013
SAHRC and SAHA continue to work together to support Soweto residents in their fight for access to information.   
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01 February 2013
Onkgopotse Tiro was assassinated by apartheid agents and the TRC failed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.   
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31 January 2013
Developed by the Colombian Historical Memory Group in collaboration with the University of British Columbia & memory workers from around the world, including SAHA, this resource is now available for download.   
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31 January 2013
As part of our commitment to fostering an open information culture, SAHA has developed "PAIA Unpacked: A Resource for Lawyers and Paralegals."   
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25 January 2013
SAHA has obtained information from the City of Cape Town that is useful for advocates who are pressing for better transparency, accountability, and good governance in the housing sector.   
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22 January 2013
Lecture on Codes of Practice on Public Consultation was presented by Edward Andersson of Involve   
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19 December 2012
Kenyan Minister plans to compel public institutions to release information for Kenya's Open Data Initiative.    
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18 December 2012
The Right2Know campaign has put together a 2013 calendar that celebrates whistle-blowers and honours the sacrifices they have made to speak out against injustice.   
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18 December 2012
The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is today releasing a Report – Making the OGP Effective: Guidelines for Assessing OGP Action Plans – which presents nine guidelines for assessing Open Government Partnership (OGP) Participating States’ action pl   
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14 December 2012
Nigerian Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku has called on the countries Commissioners for Information to champion the implementation of Freedom of Information in their respective states.   
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10 December 2012
Today is Human Rights Day – a day to recognize the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.   
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09 December 2012
In recognition of International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, Transparency International has published their annual Corruption Perceptions Index.    
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08 December 2012
SAHA launched the ZAPU report and exhibition, ZAPU Through Zenzo Nkobi's Lens, at Constitution Hill on December 8 where ex-combatants had the opportunity of reuniting to share stories of the Zimbabwean struggle for independence.   
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30 November 2012
Two collections relating to the history of Zimbabwe, particularly the history of ZAPU and its armed wing, ZPRA have recently been processed and are now available for consultation at SAHA.   
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29 November 2012
SAHA would like to invite NGOs involved in housing matters to a series of capacity-building workshops. The workshops are centered on access to information and in particular, the right to information.   
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28 November 2012
National Council of Provinces issues a statement which signals the end of consultations on the Secrecy Bill   
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27 November 2012
Freedominfo.org reports that the drafters of Zimbabwe’s constitution are considering including a provision on the right to information.   
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27 November 2012
The Right2Know campaign in Gauteng has released a press statement inviting its supporters and members of the public to a night vigil.   
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27 November 2012
27 November marks the day where Neil was arrested and detained by security police for his involvement in labour movement. 3 months later he died in police custody at John Vorster Square.   
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26 November 2012
The Right2Know Campaign Gauteng invites all its supporters to attend a two day activist training on 4 and 5 December 2012   
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23 November 2012
Parliament’s deliberations on the Protection of State Information Bill (dubbed “the Secrecy bill”) drew to a close on 21 November 2012   
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19 November 2012
The South African Human Rights Commission and SAHA have teamed up to promote access to information in Soweto   
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16 November 2012
SAPS denies SAHA access to records that were never requested, citing of section 38(a) and 38(b)(i)(aa) of PAIA.    
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13 November 2012
On 12 November 2012 the Open Government Partnerships Networking Mechanisms held a webinar entitled “Measuring Implementation of Access to Information Legislation.”    
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12 November 2012
The World Bank Executive Board may require Tunisia to improve its access to information practices before approving a $500 million loan to the country.    
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09 November 2012
The Right to Know Campaign is planning a ‘campout for openness’ outside Parliament from 19 November.   
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06 November 2012
Right to Know has produced a tool intended to assist citizens to recognise the important role that access to information can play in the achievement of their advocacy goals and the protection of their rights.   
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31 October 2012
The 2012 Aid Transparency Index, released by Publish What You Fund, indicates that while aid transparency has improved, most donors continue to fall far short of best practice.   
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31 October 2012
In anticipation of International Anti-Corruption Day SAHA has begun making access to information requests to government departments about how corruption is handled.   
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31 October 2012
Minister Cwele has urged the NCOP committee considering the secrecy bill to reinstate a provision that would see restrictions on access to information in the bill prevail over the right of access to information in PAIA.   
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29 October 2012
It has been 25 years since the death of 20-year old Ashley Kriel died in police cells yet, little is known about events leading to his death.   
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27 October 2012
MISA Zambia remains optimistic that the governement will table an access to information law, despite delays.   
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24 October 2012
The Maldives could pass an access to information law by the end of the year according to Speaker of Parliament, Abdulla Shahid.    
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23 October 2012
Ahmed was one of the victims who plunged to his death from the notorious 10th floor of John Vorster Square, now Johannesburg Central Police Station, in 1971.   
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19 October 2012
Records released to SAHA under PAIA reveal that the Departments of Health, Environmental Affairs and Transport spent almost R150 million on catering between 2010 and 2012.    
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11 October 2012
Several civil society organizations continue to urge Mozambique’s parliament to debate a freedom of information bill.   
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08 October 2012
Open Government Standards, a civil society iniative led by Access Info Europe, has released draft principles on transparency, participation and accountability for public comment.   
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28 September 2012
The Right2Know campaign will march on the Union Buildings on 28 September and issue a statement of demands to the Office of the Presidency, demanding greater transparency and accountability from state institutions.   
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28 September 2012
The Freedom of Information Advocates Network has released a statement reflecting on its achievements, challenges and goals over the last decade to celebrate its tenth anniversary.   
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28 September 2012
Records released to SAHA under the Promotion of Access to Information Act show that the Department of Basic Education spent over R100 million on travel and events for the 2011/2012 financial year.   
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28 September 2012
The tenth International Right to Know day on 28 September was celebrated by civil society groups around the globe, many hosting events to campaign for government transparency, effective legislation, and public awareness about the right to know.    
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28 September 2012
On 28 September SAHA was awarded the ‘best promoter' of PAIA by the South African Human Rights Commission at the Golden Key Awards.   
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26 September 2012
SAHA hosted a dialogue forum on 26 September to discuss the implementation challenges associated with the right to know and consider what steps must be taken to transform the right from paper to reality.   
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12 September 2012
Right2Know Campaign statement on back peddling on secrecy bill concessions by the ANC.    
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11 September 2012
The Protection of Personal Information Bill, passed by the National Assembly on 11 September, includes exciting changes for access to information but deals a severe blow to the archival sector already struggling to meet the demands of national heritage.   
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07 September 2012
Right 2 Know campaign pickets against the secrecy bill at the Chief Albert Luthuli House.   
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05 September 2012
OPEN LETTER: A call to all political parties: Don’t rush the ‘Secrecy Bill’, and don’t rush it in secret. Address all seven unresolved problems.   
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03 September 2012
The State Security Agency has refused to provide SAHA with records detailing expenditure by the agency on items such as catering, travel, accommodation, vehicles and office space.   
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31 August 2012
The UDF, a former struggle movement, was launched during the month of August and was also dissolved in August. Recently, some activists have been pushing for it to be resuscitated, a call that has been criticised by others.   
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30 August 2012
The 31st of August marks 18 months since the Jobs Fund was officially launched.   
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29 August 2012
Members of the NCOP Ad Hoc Committee considering the secrecy bill have held private meetings to reach agreement on amendments to the bill.   
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29 August 2012
Reports that an amendment to the secrecy bill will protect the right to information under PAIA are inaccurate.   
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28 August 2012
The Israeli Supreme Court has ordered the Israeli Ministry of Education to release data about the scores of individual schools in national and international comparative studies to concerned parents.   
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27 August 2012
The struggle stalwart, Neville Alexander, died aged 75 at his home in Grassy Park on the Cape Flats, in the Western Cape Province, after a long battle with cancer.    
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24 August 2012
The Right2Know campaign has issued a statement on what it views as the remaining issues with the secrecy bill.   
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22 August 2012
The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee is seeking comments on its draft two-year strategic plan.    
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22 August 2012
On 22 August the South Gauteng High Court issued an order requiring the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency to release records to SA Airlink (Pty) Limited in terms of PAIA.   
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20 August 2012
SAHA has moved from Wits University to new offices in Johannesburg's Constitution Hill complex in Braamfontein. Contact details have also changed.    
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13 August 2012
The Department of Health is currently paying a R1 000 000.00 retainer for the maintenance of its headquarters, Civitas Building in Pretoria.    
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03 August 2012
SAHA has moved to new offices from Wits University to Johannesburg's Constitution Hill complex in Braamfontein.    
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31 July 2012
The UK government has overruled a decision of the independent Information Commissioner to release the minutes of cabinet meetings held immediately before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.   
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31 July 2012
SAHA will be hosting a programme of activities in the week commencing 24 September 2012 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of International Right to Know Day.   
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26 July 2012
The City of Johannesburg has refused to show copies of contracts it considers confidential to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee, unless MPAC members sign confidentiality agreements.   
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25 July 2012
State Security Minister Siyanbonga Cwele is rethiking his refusal to engage with parliament or the public on the spy bill.   
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19 July 2012
SAHA has joined international access to information activists in urging the Phillipines to adopt an access to information law by signing an open letter to the President of the country.   
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17 July 2012
Records releases to SAHA by the National Department of Basic Education indicate the shockingly low standard of South African Matric (Grade 12) pass requirements.   
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16 July 2012
Earlier in the year residents of Diepsloot took to the streets after their water supplier, Johannesburg Water, shut down their water supply after tests confirmed that the water was contaminated.   
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14 July 2012
Tshwane residents get trained on their right to information and the Promotion of Access to Information Act.   
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11 July 2012
The Centre for Law and Democracy has criticised participating states in the OGP for a 'conspicuous weakness' of commitments to reform access to information laws.   
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03 July 2012
Government and civil society representatives from African states participating in the OGP met on 3 July to discuss their action plans.   
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29 June 2012
SAHA has released a new access to information publication aimed at raising awareness of the right to information and its importance to everyday struggles faced by communities.   
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28 June 2012
Jeanette and her husband Marius were anti-apartheid activists who paid the ultimate price for their involvement in the fight against apartheid.   
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26 June 2012
The Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the National Assembly of Nigeria to release details of the salaries and allowances paid to its members between 2007 and 2011.   
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26 June 2012
As the world commemorates the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, civil society organisations in South Africa bemoan the leniency with which torture is treated in the country.    
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22 June 2012
The Freedom of Information Programme at SAHA has embarked on an exercise to determine how government departments have spent their budget allocations.    
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20 June 2012
The majority leader of the Ghanaian Parliament has indicated that he hopes an access to information bill will be signed into law by the President in July 2012.   
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20 June 2012
This day is intended to honour the courage, strength and determination of all those who are forced to flee from their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.    
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19 June 2012
The NCOP Ad Hoc Committee on the secrecy bill will now have until 30 September 2012 to report to the house on the bill.   
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17 June 2012
The final sub-regional consultation on the draft model law on access to information for African Union member states was held in Tunis on 16 and 17 June 2012.    
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15 June 2012
SACTJ warns that process for pardoning those responsible for mass atrocities committed during and immediately after apartheid is deeply flawed and unconstitutional.    
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12 June 2012
The Department of State Security has rejected proposals to amend the secrecy bill to protect the right of ordinary people to access information, insisting it is necessary to broaden the protection of information related to national security.   
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12 June 2012
The Department of State Security has rejected amendments to the secrecy bill proposed by the National Council of Provinces Ad Hoc Committee considering the bill.   
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09 June 2012
SAHA and the Right2Know Campaign met to run the second awareness raising session with community members in Kgugersdorp on their right to information.   
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07 June 2012
Press release from the Right 2 Know campaign in relation to the rejection of a public interest defence by the Department of State Security.   
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07 June 2012
Records released to SAHA through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, by the SAPS indicate that our men and women in uniform face the same HIV and AIDS scourge as other professions.   
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06 June 2012
Possessing a copy of the presentation of the Department of State Security to Parliament on the secrecy bill could lead to a jail term of up to 10 years if that bill were enacted.   
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30 May 2012
As part of the country's reconciliation efforts, Sierra Leone has made available records of its TRC's process on a newly launched website.   
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29 May 2012
The NCOP Ad Hoc Committee considering the secrecy bill has postponed meetings scheduled for 29 May to 1 June to discuss amendments to the bill.   
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28 May 2012
May 28 was marked as World Hunger Day to recognise the plight of those living in poverty, to raise awareness about the problem of hunger, as well as to come up with initiatives to deal with this human right issue.    
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28 May 2012
According to documents released to SAHA under PAIA, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex community are realising their dreams to wed.   
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26 May 2012
SAHA and the Right2Know Campaign met with community members in Sebokeng to raise awareness about the right to information.   
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24 May 2012
More than 180 people died in the crossfire between the police and members of the Israelites' church. They had gathered on a piece of land they had been instructed to vacate.    
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18 May 2012
On 18 May experts debated the changes to the press code recommended by the Press Freedom Commission.   
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17 May 2012
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appoints an Information Commissioner in line with Liberian Access to Information legislation.   
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17 May 2012
This day was launched in 2004 where initiatives and events are coordinated worldwide to garner support for the respect and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.    
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15 May 2012
As the world commemorates this day, SAHA hopes that its virtual exhibition on the End Conscription Campaign will demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the movement and its influence on the world stage on issues of struggles for justice.    
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14 May 2012
The Indian government is seeking to establish a call centre and online portal to assist people seeking access to information to complete requests and appeals.   
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14 May 2012
Lask week members of the NCOP Ad Hoc Committee on the secrecy bill proposed amendments to the legislation.   
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11 May 2012
The NCOP seem set to refuse to adopt amendments to the secrecy bill that would protect the right to information afforded under PAIA, but is the decision based on a misunderstanding of PAIA?   
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11 May 2012
Press statement from the Right 2 Know Campaign on the ANC proposed amendments to the secrecy bill.   
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08 May 2012
Adopted on 8 May 1996, this document guarantees rights to everyone within SA borders. The socio-economic situation and the proposed regressive laws threaten the very same principles it seeks to enforce.    
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07 May 2012
Fuming Sierra Leone Parliamentarian, Sheku Dumbuya, threatens to block FOI Bill   
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04 May 2012
The Ad Hoc Committee of the National Aseembly considering the spy bill has delayed its meetings until after the finalisation of the budget votes on 31 May.   
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03 May 2012
The revised meeting schedule of the NCOP Ad Hoc Committee on the secrecy bill will allow insufficient time for a thorough examination of issues raised by the public.   
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03 May 2012
3 May marks World Press Freedom Day.   
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27 April 2012
Records obtained by SAHA reveal that while South Africa celebrates freedom day, the vulnerable continue to be oppressed by sexual assault crime.   
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25 April 2012
The Right2Know Campaign is hosting a series of events to mark South African \"Freedom Week\" which includes Freedom Day, Workers\' Day and World Press Freedom Day.    
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25 April 2012
The Right2Know campaign is hosting a series of events to mark South African "Freedom Week" - 27 April (Freedom Day), 1 May (Worker's Day) and 3 May (World Press Freedom Day) in recognition and celebration of the struggles and victories that all citizens,    
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25 April 2012
The Right2Know campaign is hosting a series of events to mark South African "Freedom Week" - 27 April (Freedom Day), 1 May (Worker's Day) and 3 May (World Press Freedom Day) - in recognition and celebration of the struggles and victories that all citizens   
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24 April 2012
Press release from the Africa Freedom of Information Centre.   
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18 April 2012
The Open Government Partnership's second meeting ends with clear commitments for countries to improve open governance.   
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18 April 2012
The ASA has refused to investigate a complaint made by R2K regarding government advertising promoting the secrecy bill.   
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11 April 2012
The Open Society Monitoring Index, released by OSF, has revealed that perceptions of openness within South African society remain low.   
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10 April 2012
Similar to the trend toward secrecy in South Africa, represented by the secrecy bill and spy bill, the UK is considering proposals for secret courts and surveillance of citizens.   
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05 April 2012
The Freedom of Information Bill tabled in Botswana by a Member of Parliament is still not ready to see the light of day.   
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02 April 2012
The new Tunisian dispensation is hard at work on a new constitution for the country.   
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31 March 2012
The NCOP Ad Hoc Committee has afforded itself more time to deal with the overwhelming submissions against the secrecy bill.    
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31 March 2012
In a move to improve access to information matters, India has appointed three commissioners to its Central Information Commission.    
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31 March 2012
98% of NGOs deregistered by DSD in the last seven years were due to non-compliance with strategies of sustaining a successful NGO in a sector plagued by lack of funding.    
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31 March 2012
The OGP, an initiative aimed at promoting freedom of information, has tabled the agenda for the upcoming meeting to be held in Brazil in April.    
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31 March 2012
Inconsistencies between Jacob Zuma's assertions about the provision of electricity in the country and the Department of Minerals and Energy's reports.    
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30 March 2012
Read SAHA's open letter to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) regarding the exclusion of SAHA from the list of organisations/individuals invited to make oral submissions about the secrecy bill.    
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30 March 2012
SAHA is plesed to announce the release of new materials developed to assist the LGBTI sector in utilising the right to information.   
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23 March 2012
The courts of Kenya are outlining the scope of the constitutional right to information through their decisions in two recent cases.   
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21 March 2012
The community of Rysmierbult is still battling to access their land long after the land restitution process has been concluded.    
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16 March 2012
SAHA has made a submission to the Ad Hoc Committee considering the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill on the transparency and privacy issues in the bill.   
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01 March 2012
Liberia has entered into an agreement with The Carter Center for assistance with the implementation of its Freedom of Information Act.   
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29 February 2012
An exhibition, drawing on SAHA's archival collections to reflect on the unfinished business of the TRC, will be on display at Constitution Hil until June 2012l.    
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28 February 2012
Recent events reveal government's tendency to conceal corruption and punish whistleblowers.   
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28 February 2012
In materials released to SAHA the Department of Health through SANAC is still to implement HIV and AIDS interventions for Men who have Sex with Men   
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27 February 2012
One document released under PAIA reveals true owner of the Kwa Masiza hostel and raises questions about ill-gotten gains resulting from its sale.   
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22 February 2012
Read on how the Freedom Of Information Programme finally received information from DHET using PAIA   
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22 February 2012
South Africa involved in secretive deal that allowed ousted Madagascan President to avoid customs when moving weapons across borders.   
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20 February 2012
This initiative was adopted by the United Nations with an aim to eradicate poverty, unemployment and to promote social integration.    
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20 February 2012
South Africa moves closer to implementing secrecy bill while public dissent in Nepal forces government to reconsider implementation of similar document.   
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17 February 2012
New bill would allow government to snoop on citizens and operate in the dark   
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17 February 2012
SAHA has made a submission to the National Council of Provinces on its concerns with the secrecy bill.   
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16 February 2012
The State of Ogun in Nigeria prepares to adopt Freedom of Information law   
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15 February 2012
Unreasonable delays impacting on victim involvement and fundamental flaws in the consideration of pardon applications may lead to the pardon of criminal acts unrelated to the fight for freedom and democracy in South Africa.   
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04 February 2012
Hailed as one of the best written constitutions in the world, this document now celebrates 15 years of its existence.    
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03 February 2012
See the revised amendments to the secrecy bill public hearings schedule.   
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31 January 2012
The South African Special Investigations Unit is to submit a PAIA request to obtain records of conversations between Faiek Davids and Leonard McCathy   
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31 January 2012
See the list of SAHA's educational resources developed to assist history learners and educators in schools.    
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31 January 2012
A review of the materials released to SAHA by the Department of Education based on the 2011 State of the Nation Address   
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31 January 2012
Using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, SAHA has obtained documents from SANRAL which demonstrate that public consultation on the Gauteng e-tolling system was inadequate.   
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30 January 2012
The South African public have a chance to offer amendments to the secrecy bill.   
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25 January 2012
The recent death of this renowned photographer has left a void hard to fill. Her passion for exposing social injustices by using her camera made a considerable impact in the struggle for just social change.    
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25 January 2012
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex participants are empowered to use PAIA.   
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24 January 2012
State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele has implied that continued opposition to the secrecy bill is uninformed and misplaced.   
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16 January 2012
Over 18,000 police firearms lost or stolen from 2005 to 2011.   
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13 January 2012
European Parliament takes steps to improve access to information held by the European Union   
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13 January 2012
Member of parliament for Gaborone Central in Botswana, Dumelang Saleshando tables the Freedom of Information Bill of 2011.   
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03 January 2012
The exemption from the requirement that private bodies produce PAIA manuals has been extended to 31 December 2015.   
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15 December 2011
Secrecy bill raises concern over South Africa's presence on the Open Government Partnership steering committee   
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15 December 2011
Crime statistics reveal trends of decreased violence but highlight problems tied to financial and drug crimes.   
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15 December 2011
Local leaders use PAIA to bring positive change to their community.   
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15 December 2011
The controversial Vlakplaas masterminds may soon be free should their parole application be approved. By law, they are now eligible.    
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07 December 2011
The Make Aid Transparent campaign recently encouraged donor states and organisations to improve the efficiency of their aid by publishing their contributions to the developing world.   
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07 December 2011
The Associated Press shows that access to information laws are not functioning properly in most states around the world.   
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25 November 2011
This is an annual international initiative aimed at curbing violent crimes committed against women and children. This year's theme is 'From peace in the home to peace in the world'.   
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25 November 2011
Several key groups release their plan of attack aimed at toppling the contentious secrecy bill.   
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24 November 2011
International news sources, facebook, and twitter shed light on South Africa's controversial secrecy bill   
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23 November 2011
Yesterday, 22 November, the National Assembly passed the Protection of State Information Bill.   
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23 November 2011
The passing of the Secrecy Bill in South Africa is in stark contrast to the surge in the acknowledgement of the right to information elsewhere in Africa.   
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22 November 2011
Pending vote on the secrecy bill heats up the debate on freedom of information in South Africa   
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22 November 2011
Following the passing of the "secrecy bill" in parliament on Tuesday, those opposed to it deemed the day Black Tuesday - equating it to Black Wednesday where the apartheid government shut down three publications for exposing its dirty work.   
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19 November 2011
It was the 19th of November 1981 when this great political activist was assassinated by the apartheid secret police in Umlazi, a township south of Durban, KwaZulu Natal. His crime: Fighting for freedom!   
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19 November 2011
A former SA cricketer who emigrated to England to escape discriminatory apartheid laws which threatened to limit his sporting career because of his race.    
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18 November 2011
To the astonishment of right to know activists the Secrecy Bill returned to the National Assembly on Wednesday.   
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15 November 2011
Media law specialist criticizes South African freedom of information laws at recent awards ceremony   
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14 November 2011
Secrecy bill debate scheduled despite lack of public consultation   
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29 October 2011
The Open Government Partnership is seeking input on a draft policy on the disclosure of information.   
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29 October 2011
The PAIA CSN has released a review of the Promotion of Access to Information Act based on its members' experience with the law.   
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27 October 2011
The PAIA Civil Society Network has released its parliamentary submission indicating the effect of the Secrecy Bill on PAIA.   
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07 October 2011
New studies have ranked South Africa 12th in an analysis of ATI laws and 13th in implementation.   
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29 September 2011
Speakers at the National Information Officers Forum hosted by the SAHRC on Right to Know Day discussed the challenges associated with the implementation of the right to information in South Africa.   
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28 September 2011
On 28 September 2011, the 9th annual Right to Know Day was celebrated around the globe.    
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28 September 2011
On Right to Know Day, 28 September, the PAIA Civil Society Network released a report detailing the practical experiences of users of the South African access to information legislation.   
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28 September 2011
Edited by Kate Allan, this publication reflects upon the work SAHA has done around testing the parameters of South Africa’s freedom of information legislation.   
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20 September 2011
The ANC announced on 19 September that the Secrecy Bill had been withdrawn from the National Assembly for further consultation.   
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19 September 2011
The African Platform on Access to Information Declaration was signed on 19 September.   
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09 September 2011
SAHA reaches out to the LGBTI sector on PAIA matters.   
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01 September 2011
The ANC members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Secrecy Bill have proposed that the Bill override the right to information in PAIA.   
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01 September 2011
The Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration is calling for submissions on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process.    
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29 August 2011
The Rwandan Minister for Cabinet Affairs today described access to information as a tool that can be used to achieve poverty reduction, food security and economic development.   
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29 August 2011
On 25 August 2011 SAHA and the South African Human Rights Commission began the first of a series of capacity building sessions on access to information in Diepsloot.   
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29 August 2011
South Africa is falling behind its African and international counterparts in providing accessible processes for obtaining information.   
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15 August 2011
On Saturday 13 August 2011 approximately 700 people attended a Right2Know rally at the Wits Great Hall to express their opposition to the Protection of Information Bill.   
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09 August 2011
In one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country's history, 55 years ago, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to present a petition against the carrying of passes.   
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08 August 2011
On 13 August 2011 the Right2Know campaign will host a rally and march against the Protection of Information Bill in Johannesburg.    
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13 July 2011
On Monday 11 July 2011 Talk Radio 702's Redi Tlhabi hosted a round table discussion on the Protection of Information Bill   
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13 July 2011
On 7 July 2011 the Make Aid Transparent campaign delivered a petition calling for greater transparency in aid to the OECD Working Party on Aid Effectiveness.   
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13 July 2011
The Faster FOIA Act is currently before the United States House of Representatives and if passed will establish a Commission to consider strategies for addressing time delays currently experienced in obtaining access to information.   
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30 June 2011
The first sub-regional consultation on the draft model law on access to information for African Union member states was held in Maputo from 28 June to 30 June 2011.   
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27 June 2011
Developments continue with the drafting of the contentious Protection of Information Bill, with several notable concessions recently being made by the ANC.   
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24 June 2011
There have been several developments in recent months which have furthered the promotion of access to information laws in Africa.   
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17 June 2011
On 16 May 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression released a report acknowledging the internet as a fundamental human right.   
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08 June 2011
SACTJ has submitted comments on regulations gazetted by the DOJCD for the payment on educational assistance and health benefits exclusively to victims identified by the TRC.   
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30 May 2011
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has gazetted draft regulations for the payment of reparations to victims of apartheid from the Presidents Fund.   
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24 May 2011
15 May 2011 commemorated the launch of CODESA 2. To mark the occasion, the Freedom of Information Programme has launched a series of strategic PAIA requests.   
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23 May 2011
The Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression and access to information in Africa is requesting comments on a draft model access to information law for African Union member states   
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17 May 2011
To commemorate World Information Day on 17 May 2011, SAHA reflects on the state of internet freedom in South Africa.   
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12 May 2011
On 12 May 2011 SAHA were forced to lodge a complaint with the Public Protector against the Makana Municipality's continued failures in terms of PAIA.   
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04 May 2011
As the world celebrated Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2011, SAHA has noted with concern some declines in the state of press freedom in South Africa.   
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16 April 2011
On 15 April 1996, the first nation-wide TRC hearings opened in the East London City Hall. On 16 April 1996, the first victims' testimonies were heard, setting the tone for a process towards truth, justice and reconciliation which continues to this day.   
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14 April 2011
The PAIA Unit at the DOJCD still refuses to comply with Minister Radebe's instructions in September 2009 to release a usable copy of the TRC Victim's Database to SAHA in terms of PAIA.    
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08 April 2011
On 08 April 2011 the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in the case of The Citizen and Others v McBride.    
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29 March 2011
On 21 March 2011, SAHA and the Right2Know Campaign celebrated Human rights Day at a special event held in Sebokeng.   
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24 March 2011
Access to information of documents arising from the European Council, Parliament and Commission is under threat by new regulation.   
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28 February 2011
On 24 February 2011 SAHA co-hosted a dialogue forum in relation to access to information in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.   
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28 February 2011
The Freedom of Information Programme successfully launched their new PAIA DVD and Workshop Guide in February.   
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28 February 2011
On Saturday 26 February 2011, the South African History Archive (SAHA) held a pilot workshop for Grade 11 and 12 history educators on teaching the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the classroom.    
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17 February 2011
As uprisings spread through the Arab nations, the role of information in this discontent should be reflected on.   
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31 January 2011
SAHA will launch new PAIA educational tools in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg on 11, 16 and 18 February 2011, respectively.   
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31 January 2011
SAHA will be conducting workshops on the TRC for history educators and learners at Constitution Hill in February and March 2011.    
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28 January 2011
On 24 January 2011 a call for public comment on an amendment to PAIA was published in the Government Gazette.   
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28 January 2011
The Right2Know Campaign is continuing to resist the passing of the Protection of Information Bill, which has been revealed to be applicable to 1 001 organs of state.   
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19 January 2011
On 19 January 2011 the Freedom of Information Programme joined the call on the European Parliament to adhere to its commitment to advance access to information at the EU.   
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15 December 2010
On 14 December 2010 judgment was delivered in the Supreme Court of Appeal in a case where the Mail & Guardian were seeking release of the Khampepe-Moseneke report from the Presidency in terms of PAIA.   
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10 December 2010
On the occasion of the 60th International Human Rights Day, SAHA hosted the launch of the Truth Commission Special Report Multimedia Product at the Ramparts at Constitution Hill, accompanied by an exhibition comprised of numerous SAHA collections.    
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10 December 2010
On 10 December 1996 Nelson Mandela signed the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa into law.   
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30 November 2010
SAHA, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is launching its multimedia product on 9 December, with an accompanying exhibition at the Ramparts at Constitution Hill.    
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12 November 2010
A coalition of NGOs for transitional justice (including SAHA) have developed pro-forma letters that may be used by persons wishing to lodge an objection to a proposed presidential pardon.   
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26 October 2010
Demonstrate your opposition to the Secrecy Bill and protect your right to know by participating in Right2Know Campaign marches in Cape Town and Durban.   
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22 October 2010
On 18 October 2010 the Department of Justice released a list of 149 criminals currently being considered for a presidential pardon.   
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22 October 2010
On 19 October 2010 approximately 600 people took part in a march to Constitutional Hill against the Protection of Information Bill.   
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15 October 2010
On 19 October 2010, SAHA and other members of the Right2Know Campaign will be leading a march from outside the University of Witwatersrand, Jorissen Street to Constitutional Hill.   
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29 September 2010
On 28 September 2010 the world celebrated Right to Know Day. In South Africa, the day was marked by the hosting of the National Information Officers' Forum at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg.   
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23 September 2010
On 15 September 2010, the Right2Know campaign was officially launched in the Gauteng region.   
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12 September 2010
Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko, died of head injuries sustained under mysterious circumstances while in detention on 12 September, 1977.   
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12 September 2010
Anton Lubowski, Namibian human rights advocate and executive member of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), was assassinated by the Civil Cooperation Bureau on 12 September 1989.    
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25 August 2010
On Tuesday 24 August 2010 David Beresford released Truth is a Strange Fruit: A Personal Journey Through the Apartheid War, a book utilising rare material from SAHA's John Harris Collection.    
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23 August 2010
John Vorster Square was officially opened on 23 August 1968, during the height of racial segregation and political oppression in apartheid South Africa.   
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10 August 2010
The opposition to the Protection of Information Bill currently before Parliament has been gaining momentum in the civil society sector in recent weeks.   
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03 August 2010
The response to the criticism of civil society on the Protection of Information Bill has left an unsatisfied conclusion to the public participation process.   
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05 July 2010
The secret Tuynhuys meeting between Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha on 5 July 1989 set the course for a five year process of negotiations that would end apartheid and bring peace and democracy to South Africa.    
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29 June 2010
On 29 June 2010 SAHA and the Ceasefire Campaign held a joint press conference to reveal details of the South African arms exports to foreign countries over the past several years.   
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27 June 2010
Twenty five years ago, Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli were captured and murdered by security police. This marked a turning point for the South African struggle, but their deaths remained a mystery for decades to come.    
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12 June 2010
The World Day against Child Labour was adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2002 as a way of drawing attention to international efforts aimed at ending child labour.   
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11 June 2010
The Mail & Guardian have won an important decision in the North Gauteng High Court which could have a signifcant effect on PAIA implementation.   
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31 May 2010
The Freedom of Information Programme has continued to maintain and contribute not only to the local campaign for the right to know, but to its global campaign as well.   
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25 May 2010
Controversy about apartheid era government documents suggesting nuclear ties between Israel and South Africa, some of which are in the SAHA archives, hit the media this week.   
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19 May 2010
On 17 May 2010 SAHA reappeared in court to try and uncover reports from the NCACC which should already be public. These same questions have now been put to parliament for 2009, which has caused the need for a joint response from ODAC and SAHA.   
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15 May 2010
International Conscientious Objectors' Day focuses on the global struggles of COs against conscription and state militarism.   
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14 May 2010
Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert passed away on the 14th of May, 2010. His work in both South African politics and civil society was central to the process of multiracial negotiations which took place from the late 1980s.    
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12 May 2010
A new form of hate crime emerged in May 2008 when xenophobic attacks broke out throughout the country, creating an unprecedented refugee crisis.    
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08 May 2010
Three members of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation were abducted and murdered by Vlakplaas hit squad operatives on May 8, 1985, but details of their disappearance only emerged during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    
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03 May 2010
With a special focus on the right to know, this year's World Press Freedom Day begs the question: what is access to information law in South Africa able to contribute to maintaining the freedom of our press?   
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26 April 2010
Film maker David Forbes has worked tirelessly for the past seven years, using PAIA to research the previously undisclosed story of the murder of the Cradock Four to produce both a full-length feature, and a made-for-television production.    
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19 April 2010
SAHA is developing a DVD of case studies aimed as demonstrating how different organisations and communities have used PAIA to assert or their human rights   
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29 March 2010
On 26 March 2010 the Coordinating Committee of the Deputy Information Officers Forum hosted an Indaba in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.   
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25 March 2010
On 25 March 2010 SAHA, and others, will be participating in a talk with UK journalist Ben Leapman about the value of Freedom of Information Law for the media.   
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21 March 2010
SAHA reflects on the tragic events that took place at Sharpeville on this day 50 years ago.   
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23 February 2010
Today, on 23 February 2010, the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of SAHA and its Coalition partners, holding that victims are required to participate in the Special Dispensation pardons process for such a process to be rational.   
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23 February 2010
In a landmark judgment, the Constitutional Court affirmed today that victims have a right to be heard in the special pardons process   
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03 February 2010
On 03 February 2010 SAHA, in asssociation with its Pardons Coalition members, released a press statement calling on the DA to apologise for its involvement in the exclusion of victims from the special pardons process.   
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15 January 2010
On 15 January 2010, SAHA released a statement to the Media notifying them that, through the Freedom of Information Programme, SAHA had received copies of Eugene De Kock's amnesty application to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.   
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13 January 2010
A renewed interest in the Presidential pardons process has created a need to restate the significance of Albutt v the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Others.   
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12 January 2010
On the anniversary of the Nangalembe Night Vigil Massacre, SAHA looks at the role of crime during South Africa's interregnum.   
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08 December 2009
ODAC is attempting to protect the rights of a shop steward, Mr Aphane, who was fired after alerting the Minister of Finance to serious financial irregularities within his Municipality. These actions significantly mark International Anti-Corruption Day, 9    
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01 December 2009
Khulumani Support Group has launched a claim in a New York court against multi-national corporations which supported the Apartheid government. The United States has recently issued a Green Paper lending its support to the Khulumani case at this stage.   
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17 November 2009
On 17 November 2009 ODAC held the Rusty Padlock Awards to help identify the public bodies which consistently fail in their implementation of PAIA.   
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11 November 2009
On 10 November SAHA and a coalition of other civil society organisations appeared in the Constitutional Court to oppose an application by a former AWB member to restart the pardons process.   
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20 October 2009
SAHA will be acting as the Fifth Respondent in a case before the Constitutional Court concerning Presidential Pardons.   
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07 October 2009
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and SAHA have prepared a joint submission on the Protection of Personal Information Bill currently before parliament.    
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27 September 2009
Monday 28 September 2009 is the 7th International Right to Know Day. The aim of this day is to raise global awareness of each citizen's right to access information.   
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15 September 2009
Minister Radebe has ruled that the TRC's victims database as well as Eugene De Kock's amnesty application be released.   
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20 August 2009
The constitutional Court has ruled that section 78(2) of PAIA is unconstitutional   
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20 July 2009
SAHA is amongst numerous South African NGO’s and human rights activists objecting to South Africa’s refusal to co-operate with ICC in their efforts to prosecute Al Bashir   
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09 July 2009
The pardons process was intended to be a means of resolving the unfinished business of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).    
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01 June 2009
SAHA seek access to General’s report on violence in Zimbabwe   
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29 May 2009
South African civil society groupings and individuals are calling on the Swiss government to respond to the findings of research that it commissioned in 2001 into Swiss foreign and economic policy towards apartheid South Africa.    
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20 April 2009
Posters, documents and ephemera relating to the UDF, SACP and trade unions from SAHA's collections are now available on the DISA website...   
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20 April 2009
Materials from SAHA's poster and ephemera collections are being profiled in the USA in a major new exhibition organised by Exit Art, chronicling over forty years of political graphics, media and social protest movements.    
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10 February 2009
SAHAs Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) declared its support today for Biowatch as it prepares to take its case to the Constitutional Court on 17 February 2009   
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10 February 2009
Towards the end of 2008, FOIP attained details from the Department of Justice of the names of all the people who applied for Presidential Pardons in the most recent window period for such applications.    
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07 December 2008
SAHAs FOIP is in the initial stages of setting up a PAIA Civil Society Network. The initial meeting for the group will be held in the first quarter of 2009.   
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07 December 2008
SAHAs Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) Team attended a seminar hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission on Thursday 04 December which sought to share details of PAIA Tools that may assist Local Government with Community Interventions.   
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12 November 2008
On 21 October 2008, SAHA in conjunction with Jacana Media launched Great Lives, Pivotal Moments at Constitution Hill...   
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12 November 2008
SAHAs Freedom of Information Project: Capacity Building in the Community-based Sector (PAIA) has commenced a series of workshops...   
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14 October 2008
The committed work of SAHAs Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) was recognised on Monday (29 September 08) night at the Golden Key Awards ceremony hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission..   
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08 September 2008
SAHAs Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) has been nominated by The Human Rights Foundation of South Africa for the 2008 Golden Key award for the effective use of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA).   
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02 September 2008
In anticipation of the finals of the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians' Competition in October 2008, SAHA has made Meeting history face-to-face: a guide to oral history freely available for download   
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19 August 2008
To mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African History Archive (SAHA) have developed a virtual exhibition...   
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17 August 2008
SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) recently provided a short workshop on PAIA to over 40 Community-based organisations in the Environmental Sector. The workshop was offered as part of the FOIP Capacity Building Project.    
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08 August 2008
Despite SAHAs efforts to settle the maladministration conducted by the Department of the Presidency in connection with the PAIA Request for records concerning Presidential Pardons granted in 2006-2007...   
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24 July 2008
SAHA has been successful in attaining records detailing the crimes for which 515 individuals were granted Presidential Pardons in 2006-2007. However this is not a simple case...   
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30 June 2008
In response to an access to information request submitted by SAHA in 2006, statistics released this week by South Africas Department of Home Affairs show the number of Zimbabweans...   
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24 June 2008
In June 2008, SAHA and Nelson Mandela Foundation have submitted recommendations on the existing draft of the Protection of Information Bill to parliaments ad hoc committee on intelligence legislation.   
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08 May 2008
In response to the Internal Appeal submitted by SAHA on 4 February 2008, the Department of the Presidency (PRE) has recently sent out 515 letters to the individuals who were granted a Presidential Pardon in 2006-2007   
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23 April 2008
Funding has been approved by the Ford Foundation for SAHA's pilot project entitled FOIP Capacity Building Project. This pilot project will run from 1 April 2008 - 30 September 2009.   
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12 March 2008
SAHA goes to court on 13 March 2008 in relation to its application for access under PAIA to Military Intelligence records in the possession of the Ministry of Defence and the unlawful transfer of these requested records to Zimbabwe.   
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09 February 2008
This year, FOIP will move in a new direction towards more outreach work through the commencement of a PAIA pilot project in the community based sector.   
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03 February 2008
The Freedom of Information Programme at SAHA has submitted an appeal in response to the Department of the Presidencys recent refusal to release further detail of the '515 Presidential Pardons...   
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31 October 2007
Over the course of the last six years SAHA has had a difficult relationship with the Department of Justice. We have made numerous public statements about the problems experienced in accessing, in particular, TRC records and have litigated in two matters a   
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25 May 2007
A collection of Verne Harris's best writing during the first decade of South Africa's postapartheid democracy.   
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12 December 2006
The South African History Archive welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court in Claase v Information Officer of South African Airways [2006] SCA 163 (RSA) in which it granted access to records requested by the Applicant.   
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