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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, a number of regular and other ad-hoc COVID-19 related events are scheduled. 

Get notified of upcoming events


Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events. 


Past Events 2021

Data Protection Day 2021 in Africa

Data Protection Day 2021 in Africa

Session 1
On 28 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Council of Europe, hosted an online event to commemorate Data Protection Day 2021.

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Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Session 1
On 19 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), hosted the Southern Africa Regional Sessions of the Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read more

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Session 2
On 19 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), hosted the Southern Africa Regional Sessions of the Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Past Events 2020

Global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies

Global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies

On 16 December 20202, the Centre for Human Rights and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies: A fresh look at the international standards.

Read more

Preventing conflict and forced displacement in Africa

Preventing conflict and forced displacement in Africa

On 8 December 20202, the Centre for Human Rights hosted a High Level Panel of Experts on Internal Displacement and the African Union Theme of 2020 (Silencing the Guns)

Read more

Maputo Protocol Virtual Meeting

Maputo Protocol Virtual Meeting

On 2 December 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a webinar to assess the status of implementation of the Maputo Protocol and submission of state reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Youth Dialogue

Youth Dialogue

On 26 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Democracy Development Program (DDP), under the umbrella of the established Pan-African Parliament (PAP) CSO forum, hosted a dialogue to engage young Africans on matters related to Africa’s politics and development and the workings of the PAP in particular.

Read more

8th Annual Disability Rights Conference

8th Annual Disability Rights Conference

On 17 and 18 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted its 8th Annual Disability Rights Conference , which took place virtually via Zoom. The theme of the conference is ‘Realising the right to health of persons with disabilities in Africa’.

Read more

Webinar on the state of the African human rights system: Stakeholder reflections

Webinar on the state of the African human rights system: Stakeholder reflections

On 12 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with Amnesty International, African Court Coalition, Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) and Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), held a webinar for reflection on the current state of the African human rights system and the role of key stakeholders in strengthening and supporting the regional human rights bodies.

Read more

Virtual conference on elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections

Virtual conference on elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections

On 4 and 5 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a virtual conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections.’ The conference is organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit and the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit of the Centre for Human Rights. The conference was attended by academics, policymakers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders with a keen interest in democracy and elections, information technology and human rights law in the African context.

Read more

PAP Civil Society Forum on West and East African Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations engagement

PAP Civil Society Forum on West and East African Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations engagement

On 15 October 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica) and Mzalendo Trust, under the umbrella of the established PAP CSO Forum, held a virtual Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum with the aim to sensitise Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations (PMOs) in the West and East African region to the workings of the PAP.

Read more

African Human Rights Law Journal celebrates 20 years

African Human Rights Law Journal celebrates 20 years

On 7 October 2020, a webinar was held to celebrate 20 years of the African Human Rights Law Journal (AHRLJ). The AHRLJ is the only peer-reviewed journal focused on human rights related topics of relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa.

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

Shadow Reporting Guidelines

Validation meeting of the Shadow Reporting Guidelines to the African Commission

On 1 October 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) and Equality Now hosted a validation meeting of the shadow reporting guidelines to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Towards an African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Towards an African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

On 6 October 2020, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) held a webinar on African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Read more

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)

On 28 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, ARTICLE 19 (Eastern and Western Africa), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe, Transparency International (Kenya), and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa hosted a webinar on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).

Read more

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

Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture 2020

Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture 2020

The 2020 Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture was co-hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Lagos-Nigeria. The lecture was presented online and held on 18 June 2020. The theme of this year’s lecture was Gender inequalities, social inequities and maternal deaths.

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 12

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 12

On 11 August 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender at the University of Pretoria (UP), co-hosted a webinar on the UP Trans Protocol, a document developed for the Institutional Transformation Committee to address the needs of transgendered, intersex and gender-diverse students and staff members.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 11

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 11

On 21 July 2020, the Centre hosted a hosted a discussion that drew out the ways in which governments in Sub-Saharan Africa are tackling the disinformation challenge and delve into the issues these pose for the enjoyment of human rights and freedom of expression in particular in both theory and practice.

Read more

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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, a number of regular and other ad-hoc COVID-19 related events are scheduled. 

Get notified of upcoming events


Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events. 


Past Events 2021

Data Protection Day 2021 in Africa

Data Protection Day 2021 in Africa

Session 1
On 28 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Council of Europe, hosted an online event to commemorate Data Protection Day 2021.

Read more

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Session 1
On 19 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), hosted the Southern Africa Regional Sessions of the Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read more

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the UNHCR

Session 2
On 19 January 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), hosted the Southern Africa Regional Sessions of the Virtual Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read more


Past Events 2020

Global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies

Global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies

On 16 December 20202, the Centre for Human Rights and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies: A fresh look at the international standards.

Read more

Preventing conflict and forced displacement in Africa

Preventing conflict and forced displacement in Africa

On 8 December 20202, the Centre for Human Rights hosted a High Level Panel of Experts on Internal Displacement and the African Union Theme of 2020 (Silencing the Guns)

Read more

Maputo Protocol Virtual Meeting

Maputo Protocol Virtual Meeting

On 2 December 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a webinar to assess the status of implementation of the Maputo Protocol and submission of state reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Youth Dialogue

Youth Dialogue

On 26 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Democracy Development Program (DDP), under the umbrella of the established Pan-African Parliament (PAP) CSO forum, hosted a dialogue to engage young Africans on matters related to Africa’s politics and development and the workings of the PAP in particular.

Read more

8th Annual Disability Rights Conference

8th Annual Disability Rights Conference

On 17 and 18 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted its 8th Annual Disability Rights Conference , which took place virtually via Zoom. The theme of the conference is ‘Realising the right to health of persons with disabilities in Africa’.

Read more

Webinar on the state of the African human rights system: Stakeholder reflections

Webinar on the state of the African human rights system: Stakeholder reflections

On 12 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with Amnesty International, African Court Coalition, Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) and Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), held a webinar for reflection on the current state of the African human rights system and the role of key stakeholders in strengthening and supporting the regional human rights bodies.

Read more

Virtual conference on elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections

Virtual conference on elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections

On 4 and 5 November 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a virtual conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Elections and COVID-19: Harnessing the pandemic to improve elections.’ The conference is organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit and the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit of the Centre for Human Rights. The conference was attended by academics, policymakers, practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders with a keen interest in democracy and elections, information technology and human rights law in the African context.

Read more

PAP Civil Society Forum on West and East African Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations engagement

PAP Civil Society Forum on West and East African Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations engagement

On 15 October 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica) and Mzalendo Trust, under the umbrella of the established PAP CSO Forum, held a virtual Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum with the aim to sensitise Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations (PMOs) in the West and East African region to the workings of the PAP.

Read more

African Human Rights Law Journal celebrates 20 years

African Human Rights Law Journal celebrates 20 years

On 7 October 2020, a webinar was held to celebrate 20 years of the African Human Rights Law Journal (AHRLJ). The AHRLJ is the only peer-reviewed journal focused on human rights related topics of relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa.

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

Shadow Reporting Guidelines

Validation meeting of the Shadow Reporting Guidelines to the African Commission

On 1 October 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) and Equality Now hosted a validation meeting of the shadow reporting guidelines to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Read more

Towards an African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Towards an African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

On 6 October 2020, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) held a webinar on African response to the Second Revised Draft of the Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Read more

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)

On 28 September 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, ARTICLE 19 (Eastern and Western Africa), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe, Transparency International (Kenya), and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa hosted a webinar on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).

Read more

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

Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture 2020

Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture 2020

The 2020 Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture was co-hosted by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa and the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Lagos-Nigeria. The lecture was presented online and held on 18 June 2020. The theme of this year’s lecture was Gender inequalities, social inequities and maternal deaths.

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 12

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 12

On 11 August 2020, the Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender at the University of Pretoria (UP), co-hosted a webinar on the UP Trans Protocol, a document developed for the Institutional Transformation Committee to address the needs of transgendered, intersex and gender-diverse students and staff members.

Read more

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 11

COVID-19 Human Rights Talk 11

On 21 July 2020, the Centre hosted a hosted a discussion that drew out the ways in which governments in Sub-Saharan Africa are tackling the disinformation challenge and delve into the issues these pose for the enjoyment of human rights and freedom of expression in particular in both theory and practice.

Read more

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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