EU Annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world, 2018 Country Update - South Africa
Civil society organisations (CSOs) are important dialogue and implementation partners in all activities. In addition, the EU provided more than 10 specialised trainings days in 2018 and supported the production of 10 short movies highlighting the work done by CSOs to promote human rights. Extensive public diplomacy efforts throughout the year culminated in a joint public event with the government and OHCHR on 7 December 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with the participation of Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President Ramaphosa.
The encouraging signs that under President Ramaphosa the country may start pursuing again a value-based foreign policy, underpinned by the values and principles of its progressive Constitution were timidly followed through. South Africa support for the UN resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar in December 2018 was a first step in an announced shift in its voting patterns in multilateral fora, suggesting there may be room for increased EU-South Africa cooperation.
The notice of withdrawal and an alternative draft legal framework regulating international crimes, i.e. International Crimes Bill, have stalled in Parliament since being submitted end of 2017.
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