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Centre for Human Rights:
COVID-19 discussion fora, talks and webinars

As part of the Centre's response to the public health crisis linked to the coronavirus, two regular and other ad-hoc COVID-19 related events are scheduled. 

  • COVID-19 Human Rights Talks
    Open event (Public) 
    Every Tuesday at 11:00 (SAST)

  • COVID-19 Discussion Fora
    Open event (the first five fora were closed events for alumni, students and staff but from the sixth forum, it will be a public event)
    Every Thursday at 11:00 (SAST)

  • Mandela Talks
    Open event (Public) 
    On Wednesdays (Ad Hoc) at 11:00 (SAST)

Get notified of upcoming events


Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be added here soon. The next webinar will be on 28 September 2020.


Past Events: Ad Hoc

Virtual Report Launch - Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in South Africa

Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in South Africa

On 17 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit on “Proactive disclosure of information and elections in South Africa”. The webinar focused on South Africa’s compliance with the Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa, issued by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This flows from a collaborative research report on access to information and elections during South Africa’s 2019 elections, that was formally launched.

Read more

Mothers impacted by albinism: A dialogue on gender, albinism and human rights in South Africa

Mothers impacted by albinism

On 10 September 2020, the Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted a webinar on mothers impacted by albinism. The webinar, which is a dialogue on gender, albinism and human rights in South Africa was held in commemoration of Albinism Awareness Month.

Read more

Children's rights in the digital sphere in Africa

Children's rights in the digital sphere in Africa

On 8 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, hosted a webinar organised by the Children’s Rights Unit on the occasion of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), focusing on children’s rights in the digital age in Africa.

Read more

Civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission

Civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

On 20 August 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa, DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and the Global Rainbow Foundation (Mauritius) hosted a webinar on civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Civil society reflections on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission

Civil society reflections on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

On 13 August 2020, Amnesty International, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) held a webinar on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

PULP Virtual Book Launch

PULP Virtual Book Launch

On 6 August 2020, the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) based at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, held its first-ever virtual book launch.

Read more

Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2020

Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2020

On 23 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the University of Ghana and the University of Nairobi, hosted the first online Julius Osega Memorial Lecture.

Read more

LeadUP Global Alumni Virtual Chats

LeadUP Global Alumni Virtual Chats

This panel discussion includes UP alumni from across Africa who share their experiences during the global lockdowns necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

Read more

IDAHOBIT2020

IDAHOBIT Webinar

In commemoration of IDAHOBIT, the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender, University of Pretoria hosted a webinar.

Read more


Past Events: Mandela Talks

Mandela Talk 2

Mandela Talk 2

In answer to the question “What would it take to turn the tide of the negation of women’s rights”, a webinar commemorating Women’s Month identified two main responses: the need for mobilisation at grass root street level, and the need for building closer partnerships between men and women to achieve the full dignity and equality of women and men.

Read more

Mandela Talk 1

Mandela Talk 1

On 22 July 2020, as part of Mandela Month, during which we remember the birth date of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 18 July 1918, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with Leading Like Mandela Institute and the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, hosted the first in a series of online Mandela Talks.

Read more


Past Events: Human Rights Talks

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 10

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 10

On 7 July 2020, the Centre hosted a follow-up webinar on COVID-19, privacy and data protection in Africa (Part 2).

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 9

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 9

On 30 June 2020, the Centre hosted a webinar on elections in South Africa and whether individual candidacy will change the game

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 8

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 8

On 23 June 2020, the Centre hosted a webinar on data protection and privacy issues in Africa within the context of COVID-19.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 7

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 7

On 16 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Children’s Rights Unit on the occasion of the Day of the African Child 2020. T

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 6

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 6

On 9 June 2020, the The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Regional Office for Southern Africa, in collaboration with the Centre convened a webinar on the right of peaceful assembly in Southern Africa in the context of COVID-19.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 5

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 5

On 2 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on challenges of hyperandrogenic women in competitive sports.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 4

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 4

On 26 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit to unpack the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on elections on the African continent.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 3

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 3

On 19 May 2020, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and ARTICLE 19 (Eastern Africa and Western Africa) convened a webinar to introduce the revised Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 2

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 2

On 12 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on the need for businesses to respect and promote human rights in Africa, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 1

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 1

On 5 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on human rights abuses by police officers during enforcement of government responses to COVID-19 in Africa.

Read more


Past Events: Discussion Fora

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 12

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 12

On 9 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 12 is on trends in domestic litigation on the constitutionality of COVID-19 and lockdown regulations in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 11

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 11

On 2 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the eleventh in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 11 centred around the impact of technologies on human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 10

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 10

On 25 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 10 which considered how civil society can reposition for more impact during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 9

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 9

On 18 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 9 gauges the impact of international human rights organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 8

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 8

On 11 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the eighth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 8 focused on the impact of UN agencies on the protection of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 7

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 7

On 4 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the seventh in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Disucssion Forum 7 focused on the enjoyment of socio-economic rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 6

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 6

On 28 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the sixth in a series of discussions, which are now open to the public. Discussion Forum 6 looked at the response of the African Union’s Governance Architecture to COVID-19

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 5

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 5

On 21 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the fifth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 6 was on human rights protection and freedom from violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 4

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 4

On 14 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the fourth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Impact of COVID-19 in Africa: the national and the international

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 3

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 3

On 7 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the third in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Economic and trade-related impact of COVID-19 in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 2

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 2

On 30 April 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the second in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: COVID-19: Human rights under threat in Africa?

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 1

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 1

On 23 April 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the first in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Exacerbated vulnerability during COVID-19.

Read more


For more information, please contact:

Tomiwa Ilori
HRDA Alumni Coordinator /
Researcher: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4397
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
oluwatomiwa.ilori@up.ac.za

Yolanda Booyzen
Communications and Advocacy Manager

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4512
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
yolanda.booyzen@up.ac.za

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covid19

Centre for Human Rights:
COVID-19 discussion fora, talks and webinars

As part of the Centre's response to the public health crisis linked to the coronavirus, two regular and other ad-hoc COVID-19 related events are scheduled. 

  • COVID-19 Human Rights Talks
    Open event (Public) 
    Every Tuesday at 11:00 (SAST)

  • COVID-19 Discussion Fora
    Open event (the first five fora were closed events for alumni, students and staff but from the sixth forum, it will be a public event)
    Every Thursday at 11:00 (SAST)

  • Mandela Talks
    Open event (Public) 
    On Wednesdays (Ad Hoc) at 11:00 (SAST)

Get notified of upcoming events


Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be added here soon. The next webinar will be on 28 September 2020.


Past Events: Ad Hoc

Virtual Report Launch - Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in South Africa

Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in South Africa

On 17 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit on “Proactive disclosure of information and elections in South Africa”. The webinar focused on South Africa’s compliance with the Guidelines on Access to Information and Elections in Africa, issued by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This flows from a collaborative research report on access to information and elections during South Africa’s 2019 elections, that was formally launched.

Read more

Mothers impacted by albinism: A dialogue on gender, albinism and human rights in South Africa

Mothers impacted by albinism

On 10 September 2020, the Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted a webinar on mothers impacted by albinism. The webinar, which is a dialogue on gender, albinism and human rights in South Africa was held in commemoration of Albinism Awareness Month.

Read more

Children's rights in the digital sphere in Africa

Children's rights in the digital sphere in Africa

On 8 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, hosted a webinar organised by the Children’s Rights Unit on the occasion of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), focusing on children’s rights in the digital age in Africa.

Read more

Civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission

Civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

On 20 August 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa, DITSHWANELO - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and the Global Rainbow Foundation (Mauritius) hosted a webinar on civil society experiences on the shadow reporting mechanism of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Civil society reflections on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission

Civil society reflections on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

On 13 August 2020, Amnesty International, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) held a webinar on the Rules of Procedure 2020 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

PULP Virtual Book Launch

PULP Virtual Book Launch

On 6 August 2020, the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) based at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, held its first-ever virtual book launch.

Read more

Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2020

Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2020

On 23 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the University of Ghana and the University of Nairobi, hosted the first online Julius Osega Memorial Lecture.

Read more

LeadUP Global Alumni Virtual Chats

LeadUP Global Alumni Virtual Chats

This panel discussion includes UP alumni from across Africa who share their experiences during the global lockdowns necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

Read more

IDAHOBIT2020

IDAHOBIT Webinar

In commemoration of IDAHOBIT, the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender, University of Pretoria hosted a webinar.

Read more


Past Events: Mandela Talks

Mandela Talk 2

Mandela Talk 2

In answer to the question “What would it take to turn the tide of the negation of women’s rights”, a webinar commemorating Women’s Month identified two main responses: the need for mobilisation at grass root street level, and the need for building closer partnerships between men and women to achieve the full dignity and equality of women and men.

Read more

Mandela Talk 1

Mandela Talk 1

On 22 July 2020, as part of Mandela Month, during which we remember the birth date of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 18 July 1918, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with Leading Like Mandela Institute and the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, hosted the first in a series of online Mandela Talks.

Read more


Past Events: Human Rights Talks

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 10

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 10

On 7 July 2020, the Centre hosted a follow-up webinar on COVID-19, privacy and data protection in Africa (Part 2).

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 9

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 9

On 30 June 2020, the Centre hosted a webinar on elections in South Africa and whether individual candidacy will change the game

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 8

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 8

On 23 June 2020, the Centre hosted a webinar on data protection and privacy issues in Africa within the context of COVID-19.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 7

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 7

On 16 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Children’s Rights Unit on the occasion of the Day of the African Child 2020. T

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 6

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 6

On 9 June 2020, the The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Regional Office for Southern Africa, in collaboration with the Centre convened a webinar on the right of peaceful assembly in Southern Africa in the context of COVID-19.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 5

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 5

On 2 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on challenges of hyperandrogenic women in competitive sports.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 4

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 4

On 26 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit to unpack the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on elections on the African continent.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 3

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 3

On 19 May 2020, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and ARTICLE 19 (Eastern Africa and Western Africa) convened a webinar to introduce the revised Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 2

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 2

On 12 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on the need for businesses to respect and promote human rights in Africa, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 1

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 1

On 5 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held a webinar on human rights abuses by police officers during enforcement of government responses to COVID-19 in Africa.

Read more


Past Events: Discussion Fora

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 12

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 12

On 9 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 12 is on trends in domestic litigation on the constitutionality of COVID-19 and lockdown regulations in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 11

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 11

On 2 July 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the eleventh in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 11 centred around the impact of technologies on human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 10

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 10

On 25 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 10 which considered how civil society can reposition for more impact during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 9

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 9

On 18 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the ninth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 9 gauges the impact of international human rights organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 8

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 8

On 11 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the eighth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 8 focused on the impact of UN agencies on the protection of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 7

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 7

On 4 June 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the seventh in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Disucssion Forum 7 focused on the enjoyment of socio-economic rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 6

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 6

On 28 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the sixth in a series of discussions, which are now open to the public. Discussion Forum 6 looked at the response of the African Union’s Governance Architecture to COVID-19

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 5

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 5

On 21 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the fifth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff. Discussion Forum 6 was on human rights protection and freedom from violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 4

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 4

On 14 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the fourth in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Impact of COVID-19 in Africa: the national and the international

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 3

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 3

On 7 May 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the third in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Economic and trade-related impact of COVID-19 in Africa.

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 2

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 2

On 30 April 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the second in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: COVID-19: Human rights under threat in Africa?

Read more

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 1

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 1

On 23 April 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, held the first in a series of discussions with Centre alumni, students and staff on the theme: Exacerbated vulnerability during COVID-19.

Read more


For more information, please contact:

Tomiwa Ilori
HRDA Alumni Coordinator /
Researcher: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4397
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
oluwatomiwa.ilori@up.ac.za

Yolanda Booyzen
Communications and Advocacy Manager

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4512
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743
yolanda.booyzen@up.ac.za