In the United Nations scheme of geographic regions, five countries constitute Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.
Information on Namibia
- The official web page of the UN OHCHR devoted to Namibia. Here, you can locate information and recent reports on the human rights situation in Namibia. Content is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
- OSISA is an institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the southern African region.
Our Children, our Future: Zimbabwean Good Practices Responding to the Needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- The goal of the project is to scale up information generation and dissemination and thereby encourage the replication of Good Practices in the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Zimbabwe.
Policing to Protect Human Rights: A Survey of Police Practice in Countries of the Southern African Development Community, 1997-2002
- A survey of police practice in countries of the Southern African Development Community. Considers patterns of human rights violations committed by the police and political misuse of the police, as well as initiatives designed to make the police more accountable to the communities in which they work.
Realising Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: The Case of the Kalahari Bushmen of Botswana
- This paper discusses the events that led to a recent Court’s ruling on the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana and reflects on the protection of their rights in Botswana. The question arises as to whether the Kalahari Bushmen qualify as indigenous people by virtue of their origin and means of livelihood as hunter-gatherers. The Government of Botswana has been violating their rights for several years.
South Africa: The State Response to Domestic Violence and Rape
- Considers the state response to violence against women in South Africa. According to the report, South African women victims of violence continue to face a judicial and police system that routinely denies them redress. Women, regardless of race, complain of indifferent or hostile treatment from the criminal justice system; and black women in particular face lingering racial prejudice in their interactions with the authorities.
South Africa: Violence Against Women and the Medico-Legal System
- This report focuses mainly on one aspect of the criminal justice system and its handling of violence against women: the performance of those involved in the provision of medical expertise to the courts when it is alleged that women have been abused.
Southern Africa Disability Rights Country Profile Reports
- This report from the Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA) provides profiles of the human rights situation of people with disabilities in nine individual southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Status of Disability Rights in Southern Africa
- Conducted in 2010, research by the Open Society Institute for Southern Africa concluded that people with disabilities in the nine countries of their region face profound marginalization resulting in high rates of poverty, deprivation, malnutrition, ill-health and child mortality.
Swaziland Old Age Grant Impact Assessment
- The old age grant in Swaziland was introduced in 2005. This study assesses its impact and discusses how it has been delivered since it was first set up.
The Right to Adequate Housing: 5th Economic and Social Rights Report 2002/2003
- This report discusses the meaning and content of the right to adequate housing. It analyses the progress made and the challenges faced by the South African government in the realisation of the right as well as offering recommendations to encourage the progressive realisation of the right.