Deprose Muchena, Regional Director of Amnesty International’s Southern Africa regional offices, spoke at length about the importance of a human rights focus in Southern Africa at the moment.
Muchena spent much time exploring the misleading conflation between economic growth and prosperity in Africa. Despite consistent GDP growth, African countries are still characterised by profound inequality, unemployment and human rights violations.
With the current national shutdown in Zimbabwe and state silencing of social media, as well as the current censorship issues facing SABC journalists, the issue of human rights takes on immediate and real proportions in Muchena’s presentation.
The full recording of his talk can be found here: Why everyone in Southern Africa should be concerned about human rights