Joint Statement: Cameroon – Open letter to President Macron about human rights abuses in Cameroon
Dear President Macron:
We, the undersigned scholars, writers, and human rights advocates, write to plead with France to up its engagement in resolving Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis, described by some analysts as “Rwanda in slow motion”.
Specifically, we respectfully urge France to use its considerable influence with the government of President Paul Biya to encourage Cameroon to openly embrace the Swiss-led peace talks, as a means of ending the killings and atrocities being committed in the North West and South-West regions of the country. A lasting solution must come from a mediated process that includes Anglophone armed-separatist groups and non-violent civil-society leaders.
Press Statement (12 November 2019)
Centre for Human Rights calls for an end to the eviction of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is deeply concerned about the eviction of refugees and asylum seekers who were holding a sit-in at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Cape Town, South Africa. The evictions were carried out by the South African Police Service on 30 October 2019.
Press Statement (24 October 2019)
Centre for Human Rights and Shift hosts an expert consultation on developing better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (UP), in collaboration with Shift, will be hosting a two-day multi-stakeholder meeting of experts concerning the Valuing Respect project - a project aimed at evaluating how companies understand and give effect to their responsibility to respect human rights. The consultation will take place on 30 and 31 October 2019.
Press Statement (29 October 2019)
The Centre in statement to African Commission calls for AU Peace and Security Council involvement in Cameroon
The Centre for Human Rights presented its statement on aspects of the human rights situation in Africa, at the 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, taking place in Banjul, the Gambia. It drew attention to the situation in Cameroon; raised concerns about the lack of priority by the African Commission on its protective mandate; called for the consistent implementation of Resolution 275; and urged the African Commission to develop soft-law standards on the rights of intersex persons.
Press Statement (28 October 2019)
"#Beijing25Africa: Reflections on African women’s rights at the 65th Ordinary Session of the African Commission
As the Beijing Declaration is currently undergoing review, it is critical to implement international and regional human rights standards and frameworks, including the Maputo Protocol, which requires commitment by governments to achieve gender equality, as well as strategic efforts by CSOs to hold states accountable to their obligations.
Press Statement (24 October 2019)
Advocacy platform of former Commissioners established to strengthen the independence of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Former members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), meeting in Pretoria, initiated the setting-up of a platform to strengthen the independence of the African Commission.
Press Statement (16 September 2019)
Press Statement: Experts discuss South Africa’s Commitment to Global and Regional Accountability
Press Statement (13 September 2019)
"Future Africa Statement on Forced Migration in Africa"
WE, PARTICIPANTS of the International Conference on the Protection of Forced Migrants in Africa, gathered on 6 and 7 September 2019 at the Future Africa campus of the University of Pretoria, South Africa;
INVOKING the notion of Ubuntu; RECOGNIZING the development of progressive laws and policies governing forced displacement and migration adopted by several countries in Africa; and CALLING for a movement away from rhetoric towards the effective implementation of existing laws and policies;
Conference Statement (7 September 2019)