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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/19/55/Add.2, 23 February 2012: South Africa

South Africa

328. JAL 14/01/11 Case no.: ZAF 1/2011 State Reply: None to date

Alleged “corrective” rape of a lesbian woman.


329. The Special Rapporteur wishes to express her regret that, at the time of the finalization of this report, the Government had not responded to the communication she sent during the reporting period. The Special Rapporteur is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of human rights defenders working to protect the rights of lesbians in South Africa and urges the Government of South Africa to create a safe environment conducive to their legitimate work. In this regard, in the spirit of cooperation, the Special Rapporteur refers the Government of South Africa to the recommendations put forward in her 2010 report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/13/22), particularly paras. 113 and 114, as well as those put forward in her 2011 report to the Human Rights Council  (A/HRC/16/44), in particular para. 109.

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