Centre expresses concern about human rights violations in Zimbabwe, urges South African brokering role
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (the Centre) is deeply concerned by the reported ongoing human rights violations in our immediate northern neighbor, taking the form of excessive use of force and restrictions on the free flow of information.
Press Statement (16 January 2019)
Centre welcomes Constitutional Court’s judgment on the invalidity of the disbandment of the SADC tribunal
On 11 December 2018, the Constitutional Court of South Africa in the matter between Law Society of South Africa and Others v. The President of the Republic of South Africa and Others, upheld the 1 March 2018 decision of the Northern Gauteng High Court that the President’s decision and signing of the 2014 Protocol which disbanded the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal was unconstitutional, unlawful and irrational. The Court thereby ordered the President to withdraw his signature from the 2014 Protocol to the SADC Tribunal.
Press Statement (17 December 2018)
As UDHR turns 70, the Centre expresses concern about the situation in Togo and South Sudan
On 10 December 2018, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day and commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Indeed the UDHR and subsequent human rights instruments have had an enduring impact on the lives of many across the world and has arguably contributed to a more equitable world. The adoption of the UDHR coincided with the institution of formalised apartheid in 1948. As the struggle against apartheid intensified over the subsequent period, the world-wide resistance was increasingly framed along the underlying values and provisions of the UDHR.
Press Statement (12 December 2018)
Prof Christof Heyns to head drafting of UN guidelines on management of demonstrations
Christof Heyns, professor in the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, of which he is a member, to lead a two-year process to draft guidelines on the proper management of demonstrations. This will be the leading UN text setting out the international legal and other standards determining how States must approach mass protest and other forms of assembly.
Press Statement (27 November 2018)
Centre calls on the ACERWC to devote time to discuss genital normalisation surgeries
Children all over the world, but especially in Africa, are subjected to unnecessary and highly consequential genital mutilations in a bid to normalise their genitalia. Such surgical procedures are undertaken at a time when the affected children are unable to consent to the procedures, and are often likely to result in lifelong and irreversible consequences such as permanent sterilisation, pain, incontinence, and lifelong psychological trauma.
Press Statement (14 November 2018)
Centre welcomes African Commission visit as opportunity to clarify SA's position on interference with Commission’s independence
This visit, which takes place from 3 to 8 September 2018, aims to raise awareness about the African human rights system, established under the African Union(AU), and to provide a forum for dialogue about the state of human rights in South Africa.
Press Statement (5 September 2018)