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ahrc indigenous peoples rights 2021 web

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will host a hybrid format one-week intensive short course on indigenous peoples’ rights from 1 to 5 November 2021.

Course date: 1 – 5 November 2021
Venue: Hybrid format (online and physical attendance)

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Important: COVID-19 information

This year’s course will be held in a hybrid format. There will be both physical and online attendance. A limited number of participants will be admitted to attend physically at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus. COVID -19 protocols will be strictly followed. Participants wishing to attend physically are required to write a short motivation why they wish to attend the course physically. A limited number of scholarships are available. These scholarships are awarded on a very competitive basis.


About the course

The objectives of this one-week course include:

  • to strengthen knowledge and capacity-building on indigenous peoples’ rights;
  • to ensure a better understanding of indigenous peoples’ plight and rights among members of ‘mainstream NGOs’ and government officials;
  • to stimulate the introduction of indigenous peoples’ rights into the curriculum of law schools on the African continent;

In the process, the concept of indigenous people will also be critically examined.


Course content

  • Conceptual issues regarding indigenous peoples in Africa.
  • International (universal and regional) and national standards on indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa.
  • Key substantive rights of indigenous peoples and their applicability in Africa.
  • UN mechanisms of indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • Regional mechanisms and indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • Bilateral, multilateral cooperation, international financial institutions and business sector with indigenous peoples.
  • Indigenous peoples’ challenges with development.
  • International processes and agendas relevant to indigenous peoples in Africa.

Participants

This advanced human rights course is aimed at members of NGOs, government officials, policymakers, legal academics, activists, researchers and students who are interested in the rights of indigenous peoples on the continent.

Applications are invited from all around the world. The course will, however, have a particular African focus. Candidates from Africa are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Members of indigenous communities are also encouraged to apply.


Fees

This year’s course will be held in a hybrid format. There will be both physical and online attendance. Online attendance will be offered on Zoom and is free.

The course fee is therefore FREE for online participants.


Scholarships

Participants wishing to attend physically are required to write a short motivation why they wish to attend the course physically. A limited number of scholarships are available. These scholarships are awarded on a very competitive basis. 


Application procedure

Apply online

Important Notice:
A high proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information and the payment details pages.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
  • Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)

*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.


Application deadline

Applications close on 18 October 2021.


Overview of previous courses

  • 2019

    2019

    The Advanced Human Rights Course on Indigenous People’s Rights in Africa was held at the University of Pretoria from 23 to 27 September 2019. The course was presented by the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with International Work Group
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  • 2017

    2017

    The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) hosted its Advanced Human Rights Short Course on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Africa from 25-29 September, 2017. The course
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  • 2014

    2014

    The penultimate advanced human rights short course for this year was presented by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria on - Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. It ran from 15 through 19 September, attracting participants and facilitators from across
    Read More


Contact

For more information, please contact:

Dennis Antwi
Project Manager: Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
dennis.antwi@up.ac.za

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Conceptual issues regarding indigenous peoples in Africa.
International (universal and regional) and national standards on indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa.
Key substantive rights of indigenous peoples and their applicability in Africa.
UN mechanisms of indigenous peoples’ rights.
Regional mechanisms and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Bilateral, multilateral cooperation, international financial institutions and business sector with indigenous peoples.
Indigenous peoples’ challenges with development.
International processes and agendas relevant to indigenous peoples in Africa.