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Noxolo's murder was an apparent hate crime. It is believed that she was targeted because she was a lesbian and an active campaigner for LGBTI rights. Two years later, Noxolo's murder remains unsolved, and her friends, family and fellow activists wait ...

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Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 11:59 am
From AI, USA

Two years ago today, 24-year-old South African Noxolo Nogwaza was raped, repeatedly beaten and stabbed.

Why did a young mother, soccer player, and human rights activist die so brutally, her body dumped in a drainage ditch?

Noxolo's murder was an apparent hate crime. It is believed that she was targeted because she was a lesbian and an active campaigner for LGBTI rights.

Two years later, Noxolo's murder remains unsolved, and her friends, family and fellow activists wait for justice. Demand an end to the climate of fear for the LGBTI community in South Africa, and demand justice for Noxolo!

Raped, beaten, stabbed -- but why won't South Africa's authorities fully investigate and solve Noxolo's case? In two years, there has been no progress in the investigation into her murder and Noxolo's killer(s) remain at large.

"Contempt, mockery or general disinterest" - that's how police are often reported to respond when LGBTI individuals try to report hate crimes.

Homophobia in South Africa goes far beyond taunts and insults -- behavior that in and of itself is already entirely unacceptable. LGBTI individuals are targets of terrible hate crimes, particularly in townships, informal settlements and rural areas, ranging from assaults to rapes to murders, just because of who they are.

Noxolo's killer(s) remain unpunished. And as long as murderers and perpetrators of hate crimes are allowed to go free, LGBTI people will never feel safe in South Africa.

But there is hope. The world is marching towards justice -- just yesterday, France became the latest country to pass marriage equality legislation.

Momentum is on our side and the world is listening to calls for LGBTI rights.

The time to speak out for justice is right now.

Today, march on and honor Noxolo's memory by taking action. Demand a full investigation into Noxolo's murder and an end to violence against the LGBTI community in South Africa.

Samir Goswami
Director, Individuals and Communities at Risk Program
Amnesty International USA

Please join me in seeking justice for Noxolo Nogwaza.

David C (129)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 12:47 pm
signed, thanks.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 12:48 pm
signed and shared, thank you Lynn

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:15 pm
Done,thx Lynn!

Judy C (97)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:23 pm
This is sad. Signed. Thanks Lynn.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 4:54 pm
ty Lynn...fb

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 5:13 pm
signed earlier, noted now

Thomas P (280)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 4:28 pm
Noted and signed...thanks Lynn

Lisa W (143)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 4:36 pm
Action taken and noted! TY Lynn!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 4:45 pm
Signed. RIP Noxolo.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 5:34 pm
Thank you for taking action! Poor woman, killed just for being.

John B (185)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 6:10 pm
Thanks Lynn for posting the link here on C2NN. Signed earlier through an email alert from Amnesty International. Post noted.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:00 pm
Noted, signed and shared

pam w (139)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:52 pm

Jerry B (128)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:12 pm
Noted and Signed, what a horrible thing to happen to this poor girl. Thanks Lynn!

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 11:28 pm
Hope the case will solved. May the justice for human rights live, regardless of ethnics, sexual orientation, and gender.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 11:32 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:26 am
Noted, signed and shared.

Glenn B (197)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:33 am

Robert O (12)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:36 am
Thank you for taking action!

Signed. Thanks Lynn.

Caroline S (78)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:21 am
Horrible :-(

Giana P (398)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:53 am
Noted and signed, again I think. Thanks Lynn.

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:38 am

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:42 am
Signed and noted. This is the way of hate filled bigots the world over. Destroy, horribly, that which is not exactly like you. Tolerance, understanding, love and acceptance of differences are hallmarks of a free society, a civilized world. We are neither.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:06 am
Noted, signed and tweeted, thank you.

James Maynard (84)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:18 am
Signed & Noted, thanks Lynn!

lee e (114)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:52 am
Sadly noted and signed!

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:59 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:22 am
Signed and noted thanks

Dotti L (85)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:48 am
Gladly and sadly signed.

Chris C (152)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:12 am
Noted and signed. There must be justice...these crimes must not go unpunished!

P A (117)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:27 am
Poor, poor girl - and all who loved her. Signed.

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:34 am
signed and noted

Beth M (138)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:04 pm

Natalie V (27)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:58 pm
noted / signed

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:11 pm
Thank you everybody for calling for justice for Noxolo Nogwaza!

Jane H (139)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:19 pm
n and s TY

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