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Hope for prosecution restored for families of apartheid victims as cases prioritised

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is delighted to learn that the two decade-long struggle by the families of apartheid victims, the South African Coalition for Transitional Justice and the FHR, to have the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prioritize the outstanding apartheid-era cases has borne fruit.

The FHR is also pleased to hear that the plea to the current National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi to amend the current indictments in the apartheid cases to include international crimes is under strong consideration and is a stark reminder to our country that we are part of the international struggle for justice and accountability for victims. 

The families of victims of apartheid crimes, have been knocking patiently on the doors of the NPA to prosecute perpetrators who were not granted or did not apply for amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The FHR’s programme on justice and accountability for victims is based on the notion that truth recovery, criminal accountability and reparations are important mechanisms to ensure the guarantee of non-recurrence in South Africa. Pursuing accountability for state criminality is critical, given the links between past and current criminality within the state and an institutional culture of impunity. As part of this programme, the Foundation has over the last two decades played a major role in promoting the rights of victims of apartheid crimes through supporting the implementation of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission including accountability for past crimes, reparations and access to the TRC archives. 

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The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa, and the region, to implement programmes which promote and protect human.