As part of the year-long campaign, the Centre will be embarking on a number of events and initiatives, including:

  • Launching a documentary titled: ‘Why We Are Here’ – a video that tells the stories of migrants and refugees living in South Africa. This is scheduled for release on 20 June 2019, which is the World Refugee Day.
  • Hosting of a two-day Conference at the University of Pretoria, on 6 and 7 September 2019, on the theme: “Beyond 50 and 10, beyond the rhetoric: The protection of forced migrants in Africa”.
  • Hosting a Conference at the University of Botswana, on 5 July 2019, as part of the 28th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, on the theme: “Protecting persons forcibly displaced in Africa”.
  • Launch of a photojournalism project on International Human Rights Day taking place on 10 December, capturing the faces of migrants and refugees from all 55 African countries.

Other activities include:

  • Bringing together community activists, researchers, scholars, governments, and other stakeholders to develop initiatives to advance the rights of African migrants.
  • Supporting human rights organisations and institutions in pushing for a rights-based agenda for migrants in Africa.
  • Collaborating with thematic units across the Centre to create an intersectional approach in promoting the rights of migrants and refugees.


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