A special study group set up by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights heard allegations of torture made against the government of South Africa.
A special study group set up by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights heard allegations of torture made against the government of South Africa. The special group set up to look into human rights issues in southern Africa reconvened in Geneva between the 21st and 25th of May to examine its new mandate and decide on its future work. Since its creation in 1967, it has completed a number of studies on the politics of South Africa, Namibia, and zimbabwe-Rhodesia, and the violations of human rights in those countries. The U.N. Commission on Human Rights has now given the study group the go-ahead to enquire -- in collaboration with the Special Committee against Apartheid -- into the case of torture of detainees in South Africa. The study group is expected to report in February next year (1980). Among the first witnesses was mr. Naidoo from the Special Committee against Apartheid.
SYNOPSIS: The delegates heard Mr. Naidoo describe the circumstances detainees find themselves in.