On 3 September 2018, the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Unit at Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria kicked off the Strategic Litigation and Advocacy workshop for African LGBTI Human Rights Defenders. The workshop was officially opened by Hans Peters, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands. The workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations in order to better pursue legal disputes and advocate on behalf of LGBTI people who are at risk of suffering serious human rights violations. In addition, the workshop seeks to have participants learn from each other about the challenges of filing cases at domestic courts. Mr Peters encouraged the participants to continue fighting for equality of LGBT individuals within Africa.
On day one, participants had the opportunity to learn about the concept of strategic litigation which was facilitated by Mr Adrian Jjukko. Mr Jjukko explored how strategic litigation can be used by members of the LGBTI community in Africa. The strategic litigation session was proceeded by a panel discussion on strategic litigation in Africa. The panel discussion included lessons from Kenya, Uganda and Botswana. Panellist discussed the different cases that have been filed in their respective countries. They shared the success and challenges associated with filing LGBTI cases in their domestic courts. Day two which commences on today, 4 September 2018 will be focus on the case that is to be filed in Mauritius.
The Strategic Litigation & Advocacy workshop will continue until 7 Friday 2018.
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For more enquiries please contact:
Mr Geoffrey Ogwaro
Manager: Sexual Orientation and Expression (SOGIE) Unit
Tel. +27 (0) 12 420 5409
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743