AfriForum reports Ramaphosa to UN over alleged farm murder denial

AfriForum reports Ramaphosa to UN over alleged farm murder denial

- AfriForum has laid a formal complaint against both the president and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

- The lobby group has accused the politicians of attempting to "discredit AfriForum as a human rights defender"

- This comes in response to Ramaphosa's claim that farm murders weren't taking place in South Africa

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AfriForum has laid a formal complaint against President Cyril Ramaphosa and former International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the United Nations.

The Citizen reports that the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders received allegations of the politicians “attempting to discredit AfriForum as a human rights defender and, in doing so, impairing the work that the organisation is doing to promote human and civil rights in South Africa”. gathered that this complaint is in reaction to both of the politicians snubbing AfriForum's claim that white farmers were being targeted in the country.

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In an interview with Bloomberg, Ramaphosa had denied the "killing of farmers or white farmers" in South Africa.

The president's spokesperson later clarified that he had been dismissing claims of large-scale killings, not that white farmers were facing violence.

Sisulu had been fingered in AfriForum's complaint for accusing the lobby group of distributing 'blatant lies' and 'misinformation' during a trip to the United States.

AfriForum has now called on the United Nations to:

  • Obtain a commitment both from the president and the government to protect AfriForum as a human rights defender
  • Hold Ramaphosa and the state responsible for their alleged attempts to discredit AfriForum's efforts to 'raise international awareness about gross human rights violations, particularly against minorities, in South Africa'
  • Request both politicians retract their statements on an 'international platform'

Africa Check, a fact-checking site, had looked into the matter after Ramaphosa's interview, finding that it was 'unclear' AfriForum's claim of farmers being 'murdered at a higher rate' than other citizens held true.

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