LIASA Statement on Xenophobic Attacks

22 April 2015

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) upholds the South African constitution in particular the right to freedom of expression and freedom of access to information. Hate crimes such as xenophobia attacks are the limitations to freedom of expression as set out in section 16(2).

We celebrate all international citizens who add to the diversity and richness of our society. Discrimination, in any form, ruins the very foundation of our society while cultural diversity is a cherished asset for the advancement and development of the country.

LIASA strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks and all the hate crimes that the country is currently experiencing.  Section 9 of SA constitution guarantees the right to equality and prohibits unfair discrimination, while section 10 protects the right to dignity.

Institutional and individual members of LIASA are urged to create an environment that fosters dialogue against anti-discrimination, counters intolerance, hate crimes and promotes a strong and humane approach to addressing issues of diversity.

It is imperative that South Africans understand that our own claims on the protection of rights entrenched in the Constitution depend on respecting the rights of others.

LIASA members are encouraged to continue embracing Batho Pele principles and Ubuntu, where every person is worthy of equal respect and where a person’s human interest, value and human dignity prevail.

LIASA is a SAQA recognised Professional Body and non-profit organisation, uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa.

It strives to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field into an organisation that provides dynamic leadership in transforming, developing and sustaining library and information services for all people in South Africa. LIASA’s membership consists of individuals interested in or working in libraries and information services and institutions or organisations that maintain or are interested in libraries and information services.

Segametsi Molawa
LIASA President 2014-2016
Phone: +27 (0) 12 302-2935
Fax: +27 (0) 12 349-9982
Skype: Segametsi.molawa
E-mails: president@liasa.org.za or smolawa@hsrc.ac.za
Web: http://www.liasa.org.za

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Further information: Nikki Crowster, National Public Relations Officer nikki@chec.ac.za +27828222120