Human Rights

SACSIS embraces a rights based approach to development, which views poverty as a denial of human rights.

Why Ireland's 'Yes' Vote Matters So Much

Picture: Irish Times Roisin Davis - Until very recently Ireland was, as the saying goes,“a nation run by men in dresses” (cassocks). Perhaps this is why the image of someone in a dress—a form-fitting rose-pink dress—was one of the most captivating to come out of Dublin on Saturday: drag queen Panti Bliss (real name Rory O’Neill) addressing a cheering crowd shortly after it became known that the nation would be the first to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. Not only was the...

The Gambit to Free Chelsea Manning

Picture: Indy Media UK Charles Davis - Chelsea Manning was an all-American patriot when she joined the U.S. military in 2007 at the height of the surge in Iraq. But when she saw what her country was actually doing abroad — handing over thousands of Iraqi Sunnis to be tortured by state-sponsored Shiite death squads, for instance — she decided she couldn’t be a part of it. Nor could she just do nothing as injustices were committed in her and every American’s name. So, using the access available to her...

Praxis & Social Mobilisation

Picture: InFid Richard Pithouse - There is an extraordinary degree of popular protest in South Africa. It is diverse, dynamic and unstable and it includes elements that are emancipatory, contradictory and reactionary. This degree of sustained popular dissent – long organised and expressed outside of liberal frameworks, and increasingly also organised and expressed at a distance from the ruling party – provides fertile ground for building popular organisations. But, with important exceptions, the vast bulk of the...

The Pathology of the Rich White Family

Picture: Huffington Post Chris Hedges - The pathology of the rich white family is the most dangerous pathology in America. The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of empathy, the result of lifetimes of entitlement. It has little sense of loyalty and lacks the capacity for self-sacrifice. Its definition of friendship is reduced to “What can you do for me?” It is possessed by an insatiable lust to increase its fortunes and power. It believes that wealth and privilege confer to it a...

Statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning Unveiled in Berlin

Picture: Davide Dormino and his sculptures that form part of the "Anything to Say?" project courtesy World Socialist Website Stefan Steinberg - Bronze statues of persecuted whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning were unveiled in Berlin on May Day. The statues are part of an art project entitled “Anything to Say?”, the work of Italian artist Davide Dormino, which pays tribute to the courage of the three. The life-size effigies of the trio stand in a row on chairs beside one extra empty chair. The extra chair invites passersby to express their solidarity with the three whistleblowers and share...

The UN's Culture of Cover-Ups: The Rape of Nine-Year-Olds in the Central African Republic

Picture: The United Nations Building in New York courtesy Knowsphotos/flickr Alexander O'Riordan - Once again the mask has dropped and we have a glimpse of how the United Nations’ (UN) senior management actively supports and covers up abuse. In 2014, a rare principled UN employee, Anders Kompass found and reported credible evidence that French peacekeepers raped starving, homeless, young boys as young as nine-years-old. Instead of reacting with a sense of urgency the UN’s senior management decided to sit on the report denying any possibility of justice or redress for the...