• Despite South Africa’s strong constitutional protections for human rights and its relative success at providing basic services, the government is struggling to meet demands for economic and social rights. Financial mismanagement and corruption—especially at the local government level—have contributed to this issue. The killing of 34 miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, North West Province in August of 2012 shocked South Africans and highlighted increasing concerns over police brutality and underlying grievances over the government’s failure to fulfill basic economic and social rights. Bills have been proposed that, if enacted, would negatively affect media freedom and access to justice.

  • (From Left to Right) Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Chinese President Hu Jintao and South African President Jacob Zuma wave during a group photo for the BRICS Summit in New Delhi on March 29, 2012.
    Brics should call for the Syrian government to permit the delivery of humanitarian aid across its borders, including from Turkey


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