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Young Sandi Sile on an abandoned structure in Makhanda, South Africa, in 2013. Questions remain about how the new law will treat abandoned land. Getty Images

South Africa has another go at an expropriation law. What it’s all about

The proposed new law has a long history. The country has been trying for almost 12 years now to come up with expropriation legislation that is in line with the constitution.
Understakers have had to take special precautions following a spike in COVID-19 related burials. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Why human rights should guide responses to the global pandemic

While restrictions on civil and political liberties may be necessary to protect lives, human rights law requires that they go no further than what's strictly necessary to achieve this goal.
Refugees at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Getty Images/Jacques Stander/Gallo Images via Getty Images

South Africa takes fresh steps to restrict rights of refugees

Refugee legislation introduced after the end of apartheid was lauded as being progressive. But implementation has fallen short of international standards.

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