Friends4Humanity

Saving lives. One word at a time.

1. A warm welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit our page.  Please note that we are raising awareness for a humanitarian crisis and you may find it disturbing.  The Gallery contains evidence of actual victims and we wish to warn that sensitive viewers should note that it is profoundly disturbing.

While the world has been both vocally and financially supportive of a peaceful transition to a democratic South Africa, it is with dismay that we report that despite stated and rewarded commitment to reconciliation, the South African European Minority (SAEM) has been the subject of sustained brutal physical, cultural and economic reprisals for nearly 20 years.  We trust in the integrity of people’s values to oppose this assault on the SAEM with the same vigilance with which they supported a peaceful transition.

The mere consideration that such a scenario is playing out, poses a challenge to the human rights community on many levels, as many were part of the anti-apartheid movement.  It challenges the integrity of convictions and the collective ethical responsibility not to cloud our judgment with historic alliances.  Notwithstanding that we are morally obliged to embrace a clear and rational identifiable moral order, whose legitimacy precedes social and historical conditions and afford human rights to all peoples and at all times.

Whilst governments are responsible for protecting people within their territory, we believe the ANC lost their moral compass and betrayed Nelson Mandela’s vision for a peaceful Rainbow Nation.  The South African government is not only unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities to protect the European minority from genocide but are actively advocating it and has been unresponsive and defensive about remedial requests and attempts.  Any effort to communicate is vividly opposed and held as an attempt to undermine the democratic rights of the majority.

The UN World Summit in 2005 endorsed the ‘Responsibility to Protect’[1] or ‘R2P’ framework which confirms the responsibility of the international community to protect and intervene when a government fails to protect its people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as is the case here.  Genocide Watch, a strategic partner of F4H, has been warning of this potential catastrophe for a decade.  It is however clear the United Nations are not going to act, notwithstanding that a leader in the genocide prevention community is warning that yet another humanitarian disaster that can be prevented, is being ignored and enabled by the international community.

On a recent fact finding mission to South Africa, Dr Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, determined that urgent intervention is required and undertook to establish a Commission of Enquiry to investigate and take action.  Dr Gregory H. Stanton is globally recognized and legendary for his contribution in the area of genocide studies.

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