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Robert Shivambu MDHR

Robert Shivambu | Limpopo, South Africa

  • National Diploma in Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa(2007)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa(2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, International Relations, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Previous experience

For the past 16 years, I have worked as a journalist, researcher, and media advisor at eNCA, a Johannesburg-based 24-hour television news station, Power FM, another Johannesburg-based talk radio station covering different news stories, including politics, on the African continent, and Amnesty International where I am currently working, helping to expose human rights violations through evidence-based stories. As media manager at Amnesty International, responsible for East and Southern Africa, I work with a team of researchers, campaigners, and lawyers to tell human rights stories, where there are human rights violations and victories that we campaign for. My work at Amnesty International allows me to apply my journalism, international relations, and multidisciplinary human rights knowledge to link human rights violations to both state and non-state actors in terms of their obligations to human rights and international human rights law. As a journalist, I have covered major news events in Africa and beyond, including the 2013 constitution referendum in Zimbabwe, the 67th General Assembly in New York in 2013 as well as the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where I reported on issues affecting the African continent. I am passionate about human rights and South Africa’s foreign policy engagement with on the subject. I regularly for the Mail&Guardian, including about South Africa and the world, governance, foreign policy, human rights, and other global issues. I hold a Bachelor of Technology in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) respectively.

Academic fields of interest:

  • Human rights
  • Foreign Policy
  • Media

Position prior to the programme

I am Media Manager/Researcher at Amnesty International for East and Southern Africa based in South Africa.



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