Human rights should be at centre of Ramaphosa’s new presidential term – Amnesty

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Amnesty International has appealed to Cyril Ramaphosa to place human rights at the centre of the South African government’s domestic and foreign policy priorities.

Ramaphosa is due to be inaugurated as president of South Africa on May 25 2019, nearly three weeks after his African National Congress (ANC) party’s election victory.

Ahead of the inauguration, Amnesty International South Africa Executive Director, Shenilla Mohamed, advised Ramaphosa to draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela who stood with human rights even when it was unpopular to do so.

“As his African National Congress prepares to lead the country for the next five years, Cyril Ramaphosa must place human rights at the centre of the government’s domestic and foreign policy priorities. This begins with ensuring justice for victims of the events in Marikana, who are still waiting for answers almost seven years on,” Mohamed said.

“Cyril Ramaphosa should publicly commit to ensuring full respect for the human rights, dignity and equality of all South Africans – the principles on which the country was founded as enshrined in the bill of rights.

“He should draw inspiration from Nelson Mandela who stood with human rights even when it was unpopular to do so, and did not shy away from calling out leaders who found themselves on the wrong side of humanity.”

The ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) emerged victorious following the general elections that were held on 8 May 2019. Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the country for the next five years as the leader of the party.

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