Press Statement: Swiss Federal court decision on Caster Semenya regrettable, but should not be the end of the road
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Centre) notes with disappointment the decision by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court to effectively ban Caster Semenya from participating in certain competitive sporting events (400m to the mile) unless she reduces her testosterone levels to ‘acceptable female’ levels.
Press Statement (11 September 2020)
Press Statement: Centre for Human Rights mourns loss of human rights advocate George Bizos
With the passing of Advocate George Bizos on 9 September 2020, South Africa lost an exceptional human rights lawyer who devoted his life to the promotion and fostering of a human rights culture in South Africa. “His life demonstrates the best use to which the law can be put: as a tool to defend those at risk of abuse of power, and as a tool for social transformation and human connection’”, said the Director of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, Frans Viljoen.
Press Statement (10 September 2020)
Centre requests African Commission to act swiftly in issuing urgent appeal to prevent imminent risk of irreparable harm to Nigerian singer
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has with alarm taken note of the precarious position and imminent risk of irreparable harm to the life of Nigerian singer Yahaya Sharif Aminu. The Centre on 9 September 2020 lodged a request to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) to take immediate action, in the form of directing an urgent appeal to the Head of State, or any other appropriate form.
Press Statement (9 September 2020)
Centre for Human Rights calls on the government of South Africa to take clear stand against human rights violations and lack of accountability in Zimbabwe
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, welcomes the appointment by President Ramaphosa of two special envoys to engage with the deteriorating conditions in Zimbabwe. However, we regret the characterisation of a situation of serious human rights violations as “difficulties”, and urge President Ramaphosa to ensure that South Africa’s approach is not one of “quiet diplomacy” at the expense of addressing the underlying issues of impunity and lack of accountability. Given that South Africa is currently chairing the African Union, it is of increased importance for President Ramaphosa to take a clear stand against erosions of constitutional governance and the rule of law, and to insist on accountability for violations of human rights in Zimbabwe.
Press Statement (07 August 2020)
Press Statement: Mandela Month Talk questions if South African government’s COVID-19 response has struck right balance between respecting rights and curbing the pandemic
Mandela Month Talk questions if South African government’s COVID-19 response has struck right balance between respecting rights and curbing the pandemic
Press Statement (24 July 2020)
Centre for Human Rights deplores serious erosion of free expression in Zimbabwe Details
Centre for Human Rights deplores serious erosion of free expression in Zimbabwe
Press Statement (23 July 2020)