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Centre News & Events: 2015
 
                   
The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information for Africa undertakes advocacy visit to Seychelles

From 19 to 21 January 2015, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Commissioner Pansy Tlakula, undertook an advocacy visit to the Republic of Seychelles. The purpose of the visit was to meet with government officials to advocate for the adoption of an access to information law in accordance with regional and international standards on access to information as embodied in the Model Law on Access to Information for Africa (Model Law). The Special Rapporteur was accompanied during this visit by 3 expert members of the Working Group which developed the Model Law.

During her visit, the Special Rapporteur met with high-level government officials including: His Excellency, President James Michel, president of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Jean-Paul Adam, Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice D. Karunakaran, Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Honourable Dr. Patrick Herminie, Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Rony Govinden, Attorney General, as well as Mr Ibrahim Afif, Chair of the Seychelles Media Commission and other members of the Commission.

The Special Rapporteur and her delegation also held a meeting with civil society organisations, including members of the recently constituted Citizen Engagement Platform of Seychelles (CESP).

 

 



Commissioner Pansy Tlakula (Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa) with His Excellency, President James Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles
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African Human Rights Law Journal: Volume 1 No 2 2014 is now available

The latest edition of the African Human Rights Law Journal (AHRLJ Volume 1 No 2 2014) is now available on the Open Access Journal's website. All the previous editions are also available on the website.

This issue of the African Human Rights Law Journal boasts a record number of contributions. This growth testifies to the increasing number of contributions submitted to the Journal and, we would argue, speaks both to its recognition as a respected outlet for scholarship on human rights in Africa, and to the greater visibility the Journal enjoys since becoming fully and freely accessible online.

The contributions appearing in the ‘regular’ part of the Journal span a wide array of thematic areas and approaches, and reflect the diverse nature of contemporary human rights concerns in Africa. Some are philosophical in nature, reflecting on the nature of ‘African values’, such as ubuntu (the article by Metz); and others are more historical in nature, for example, the article by Haskins that traces the link between contemporary homophobia in Africa and Roman law. A number of contributions look at institutional evolutions related to Africa, for example, the UN Universal Periodic Review, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the articles by Smith and Naldi respectively).

 

 


 
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University of Zambia to host the 24th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Centre for Human Rights is delighted to announce that the 24th edition of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held from 31 August to 5 September 2015 at the University of Zambia.

Online Faculty registration (Step 1) opens at Thursday 29 January 2015.

The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest annual gathering of students and lecturers of law on the continent and one of the premier events on the African Human Rights calendar. Since it was established in 1992, the Moot Court Competition has been held in 17 different African countries, spreading a unique message of human rights through the instrument of law. For law students, the Moot Court Competition has become the most sought-after meeting place for future human rights professionals. Apart from providing the perfect platform to sharpen their litigating skills, Africa’s youngest and brightest are able to measure themselves against their peers from all over the continent, and forge institutional and personal links that last a lifetime.

 

 


 
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