Press Statement:Centre For Human Rights Welcomes South Africa’s Repeal of Section 6 of The Civil Union Act
The Centre for Human Rights welcomes the passing of the Civil Union Amendment Bill by South Africa’s second legislative body, the National Council of Provinces (NCP). The Amendment Bill repeals section 6 of the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006 (CUA), which had provided that a marriage officer may, in writing, inform the Minister of Home Affairs that he or she objects to solemnising a civil union between persons of the same sex on the ground of conscience, religion, and belief. This provision had long been a barrier to the legal recognition of same-sex couples by marriage officers in the Department of Home Affairs.
Press Statement (14 July 2020)
Press Statement: Gabon moves to decriminalise same-sex consensual conduct
Centre for Human Rights welcomes the news that the legislature of the Gabonese Republic (‘Gabon’) has voted to pass a landmark bill to decriminalise homosexuality in the country
Press Statement (3 July 2020)
Centre for Human Rights calls for judicial dialogue with African Union Court and citizen inclusion in electoral reforms following Constitutional Court judgment.]
Centre calls for judicial dialogue with African Union Court and citizen inclusion in electoral reforms following Constitutional Court judgment.]
Press Statement (16 June 2020)
Centre for Human Rights expresses grave concern about high level and racialised nature of excessive force during Lockdown
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, notes with grave concern the instances of death and other human rights violations due to excessive force during law enforcement in South Africa. We note that these are not isolated instances, but are linked to inequalities based on race.
Press Statement (11 June 2020)