WHAT IS THE DRAFT NATIONAL ACTION PLAN (NAP)?
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) has spearheaded the development of a draft National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, in collaboration with various other role-players which include civil society. The draft will inform a plan which provides the basis for the development of a comprehensive public policy against racial
discrimination, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. It brings stakeholders together to discuss the challenge of combating all forms of intolerances.
WHERE DOES THE DRAFT NAP ORIGINATE FROM?
The process relating to the development of a NAP for South Africa emanated from the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted at the 3rd World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) which was hosted by South Africa in Durban, in 2001.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF NAP?
The overall purpose of the NAP is to build a non-racial, nonsexist society based on the values of human dignity, equality and the advancement of human rights and freedom. It intends to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, through among others:
Follow this link to download the NAP Phamplet.
GOALS OF THE NATIONAL ACTION PLAN (NAP)
The overall goal of the NAP is to build a non-racial, non-sexist society based on the values of human dignity, equality and the advancement of human rights and freedom. The NAP is also intended to combat xenophobia and related intolerance and to address the following:
ROLE OF THE DOJ&CD AND NAP
NAP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
The Forum was launched in July 2003. The forum comprised of representatives of Government, national human rights institutions, NGO’s, labour, business and civil society. It was envisaged that this forum will comprise a National Committee and a Secretariat. Subsequent thereto, the DOJ&CD held various sectoral workshops on the various thematic areas with a view to developing the NAP.
Read the full document National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (2016 – 2021) [1.39mb].
Please be advised that the closing date for comments/submissions have since ended on 31 August 2016 and the Department is no longer accepting new comments/submissions. The Department is at this moment in the process of finalising the draft NAP.
Enquiries can be directed to: Ms Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Tel: +27 (0) 12 315 1500/1487, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEFINITION OF RACISM
Racism is the belief that someone of a different skin colour/ race or ethnic group is in a position of power over others on the basis of physical and cultural attributes, as well as economic wealth, involving hierarchical relations where the ‘superior’ race exercises domination and control over others.
Racism is a denial of people’s basic human rights, dignity and respect. Its expression ranges from small, everyday acts of discrimination, through to barriers and omissions that may be inadvertently established at an institutional level, to acts of threatening behaviour and violence.
DEFINITION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Racial discrimination is any act or omission, including a policy, law, rule, practice, condition or situation which directly or indirectly imposes burdens, obligations or disadvantage on, or withholds benefits, opportunities or advantages from, any person on prohibited grounds of race, ethnic or social origin, colour, culture, language and birth.
DEFINITION OF XENOPHOBIA
Xenophobia describes attitudes, prejudices and behaviour that reject, exclude and often vilify persons, based on the perception that they are outsiders or foreigners to a community, society or national identity. Further, xenophobia is defined as a dislike or fear of people from other countries. Xenophobia against non- nationals, particularly migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, constitutes one of the main sources of contemporary racism and that human rights violations against members of such groups occur widely in the context of discriminatory, xenophobic and racist practices.
DEFINITION OF RELATED INTOLERANCE
This is the forms of intolerance that are connected to the racial or ethnic background of an individual or group. It is the combination of racism, racial discrimination or xenophobia with prejudice or discrimination based on some other factor, such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or language
DEFINITION OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Gender-based discrimination refers to any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex that has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.
DEFINITION OF HATE SPEECH
Any person who by any means of expression publicly and intentionally advocates hatred of any other person or group of persons based on race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language or birth; or any other characteristic where discrimination based on that characteristic causes or perpetuates systemic disadvantage or undermines human dignity, in a way that incites others to harm such person or group, is guilty of the offence of hate speech, whether or not such person or group is harmed.
DEFINITION OF HATE CRIMES
These are acts motivated by bias based on the identity (with reference to race, religion, and national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity) of the victim are forms of bias-motivated violence, more commonly referred to domestically and internationally as “hate crimes”. Hate crimes are “message” crimes that send a message of fear to an entire community that identifies with the victim. Hate crimes, particularly when they do not meet an adequate response from the State, violate fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination and can lead to social unrest
Provincial consultations on the NAP will be held as follows:
Contact person regarding programme/content: Ms Elize du Toit on email: ElizDuToit@justice.gov.za
Contact person regarding logistical information: Ms Itumeleng Morakile on email: IMorakile@justice.gov.za
Follow this link to read the messages of support/endorsements offered for the NAP process by various organisations.
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