The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, takes pleasure in inviting you to our COVID-19 Discussion Fora. These discussions deal with the potential and actual impact on human rights and democratisation of COVID-19 in Africa. This Discussion Forum is part of a series of events at which the panelists are alumni of the academic programmes of the Centre. While these Fora had initially been targeting only the Centre’s staff and alumni, they are now public. The panelists of Forum 8 are all alumni of the Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation Africa (HRDA).

COVID-19 Discussion Forum 8

Thursday 11 June 2020
Webinar (Zoom)
11:00 – 12:30 SAST / 10:00 – 11:30 WAT / 12:00 – 13:30 EAT

Theme: The impact of UN agencies on the protection of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

Chair: Rachel Irura (HRDA 2002)
Head Witness Support and Protection, UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UN-IRMCT), Kigali, Rwanda


  • Dr Patrick Eba (HRDA 2004)
    Country Director, UNAIDS Central Africa Republic
    Building multi-level partnerships to ensure access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Meskerem Geset Techane (HRDA 2012)
    Chairperson, UN Working Group of Experts on Discrimination Against Women
    Protecting women’s rights during the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on the UN approach
  • Kene Esom (HRDA 2006)
    Policy Specialist: Human Rights, Law and Gender, United Nations Development Programme
    Leveraging rights-respecting use of data during the COVID-19 pandemic

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