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We the undersigned organizations strongly condemn the recent killings within the span of three days of Human rights defenders Ayanda Ngila in the eKhenana settlement and Siyabonga Manqele in the eNkanini settlement in Cato Manor, in Durban, South Africa. Both were members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement, which promotes the rights of shack dwellers in the informal settlements in South Africa.

In the aftermath of the killing of Ayanda Ngila, ESCR-Net expresses solidarity and condolences with his loved ones and the wider Abahlali baseMjondolo movement in South Africa. Ayanda Ngila was tragically shot and killed on 8 March 2022, allegedly by members of the local ANC party.

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On 6 December 2021, ESCR-Net sent a collective letter to the South African authorities calling on them to stop the ongoing attacks on the eKhenana Commune in Durban, South Africa.

Throughout 2021, at least ten Abahlali basemjondolo leaders from the eKhenana Commune have been criminalized...

"For too long, brutal and illegal evictions have been terrorizing communities, even during a pandemic that requires us to stay at home for public health reasons. We therefore demand an end to all evictions in our cities. We demand an end to all land dispossession, utilities cut offs

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South Africa: authorities must take immediate measures to protect social and economic rights before nationwide lockdown commences

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Coronavirus: A Call for Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

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On 13 September 2019, S’bu Zikode, the president of Abahlali baseMjondolo and member of ESCR-Net’s Board, was invited to speak at Harvard University on the topic of urban activism.

Grounded in the experience of the...

From 22-25 July, 31 member representatives from 17 countries met in Durban, South Africa, organized with Abahlali baseMjondolo and the ...

Every year on 27 April, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to commemorate the end of the apartheid regime. On that date in 1994, the country’s first non-racial national elections allowed for the participation of everyone over 18 years old, of any race.

On April 22, the social movement...

ESCR-Net’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021) calls on the Network to “counter growing repression, reinforcing the credibility and capacity of human rights defenders and connecting reprisals to underlying ESCR issues.” In the past few months, ESCR-Net has taken several steps in pursuit of this goal....