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In marking #InternetDay2021, the Expression, Information and Digital Rights (EIDR) Unit in collaboration with Facebook (Southern Africa Public Policy Team), at the #Tech4RightsExpo will host a session on The role of state and non-state actors in addressing online harms and ensuring a healthy internet ecosystem in Africa 

That we must not work in silos in utilising the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, popularly known as the Maputo Protocol, to safeguard and uphold the rights of women and girls across the continent is a key reflection on 18 years since the adoption of the Protocol. In an effort to further promote women’s rights and improve women’s lives in Africa the Women’s Rights Unit (WRU) at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC) hosted a 5-day hybrid intensive short course on Women’s Rights in Africa. The course was presented from 18 to 22 October 2021 to provide participants, from various professional backgrounds, with a perspective of the women’s rights framework at the international and regional levels.

Webinar on 40 years of achievements and challenges to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

To celebrate Africa Human Rights Day, 21 October, the South African Human Rights Commission, HURISA and the Centre for Human Rights, organised a joint webinar to take stock of achievements and challenged that have arisen during the 40 years since the Charter's adoption in 1981.

To celebrate African Human Rights Day, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, on 21 October launched the French and Portuguese versions of its Guide to the African human rights system.  The year 2021 marks 40 years since the adoption of Africa's primary human rights treaty, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, on 27 June 1981. Africa Human Rights Day has been inaugurated to mark the day when the Charter actually entered into force. This happened on 21 October 1986, 35 years ago!

The Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria cordially invites you to attend the #Tech4Rights Expo, which will be held online from 26 to 29 October 2021.

Lloyd Kuveya took up the position of Assistant Director (Operations) of the Centre for Human Rights on 1 October 2021.  He joins the Director and Assistant Director (Programmes) in the Centre’s management team. In response to its continuous growth, the Centre some years ago changed its operational structure to provide for a director and two assistant directors.

This year, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights celebrates 40 years since its adoption on 27 June 1981. The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (CHR), are jointly hosting a virtual celebratory event.  

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has launched a new photobook series titled Looking through the prism: Narratives of queer dignity in South Africa featuring photographs and narratives of the lives of LGBTIQ+ persons living in South Africa. Volume 1 of the series has been published online this October, which is also the South African Pride Month, commemorating the anniversary of the first Lesbian and Gay Pride March in Africa and held in October 1990 in Johannesburg.

The  Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, extends its heartfelt congratulations to its Director Professor Frans Viljoen on his recent appointment to the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. The appointment was announced on 11 October 2021 at the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

(By Prof Daniel Bradlow)

An independently commissioned inquiry has alleged that IMF managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, may have put pressure on subordinates to favour China in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report during a previous role at the institution.

The Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the Disability Student Unit at the University of Venda and the Mandate of the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism cordially invites you to its 1st Live Chat with the Independent Expert on 27 October which will take place virtually via Zoom. 

The Mail & Guardian and Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted this webinar to unpack the sociopolitical landscape; discuss the possible outcomes based on available data and voting behaviour; assess the potential impact of coalitions and evaluate the balance of power for the new municipal administrations. It was moderated by Sphamandla Brian Mhlongo, Senior Programmes Officer at the DDP. The guest speakers were: Bonolo Makgale, Programme Manager of the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Andile Zulu, Political Writer; and Khanya Vilakazi, Researcher.

This video invites you to take a journey down memory lane, as we look back at the 30 years of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

On behalf of the Project on Public Finance and Human Rights and its co-sponsors, the International Development Law UnitCentre for Human RightsUniversity of Pretoria; the Business and Human Rights InitiativeUniversity of Connecticut and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian LawAmerican University Washington College of Law, we are delighted to invite you to attend a virtual roundtable discussion entitled, “What Role Should Central Banks Play in Dealing with Environmental and Social Challenges like Climate Change and Inequality”

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities in Africa, cordially invites you to participate in a webinar to commemorate the International Day of Older Persons with countries that have ratified or made progress towards ratifying the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Older Persons (Older Persons Protocol) targeting the Governments of Benin, Ethiopia, Lesotho and Malawi.

A #Tech4Rights production featuring Wilson Macharia

We live in a digital age where technology makes it faster and easier to do almost anything. From using the GPS on your smart phone for directions to meeting with colleagues from all over the globe via Zoom, technology has become an integral part of our contemporary existence. But if we had to, most of us could probably do without technology, though this would make life harder in a lot of ways.

The combined team of the law schools of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire, and Kenyatta University, Kenya, appearing as the applicants, emerged as the winners of the 30th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, held on 24 September 2021 at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law. The runner-up is the combined team of Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, and Stellenbosch University. 

On 15 September 2021, the Disability Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a report validation workshop at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia. The draft report titled ‘Persons with disabilities and barriers to equal access to justice in Zambia: A research study of the criminal justice system’ forms part of a larger study on access to justice, which the Unit is undertaking in South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

Kenyatta University School of Law and Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law have progressed as the top 2 English-language teams to the final round of the 30th edition of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition being held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. They join the law schools of the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Côte d’Ivoire, as the top French-language team and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, the top Portuguese-language team during the preliminary rounds.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will co-host a webinar in Commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information

At the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, reiterated the importance of the ratification and entry into force of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa (Older Persons Protocol). During the interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, the Centre for Human Rights advocated for the ratification of the Older Persons Protocol by African states to ensure improved protection of the rights of older persons on the continent.

By Tariro Sekeramayi

South Africa’s local government elections, to elect the municipal tier of government, are constitutionally mandated through section 159 of the Constitution of South Africa to take place every five years. These elections were scheduled to take place towards the end of 2021 and have been the subject of great deliberation in the nation. Conducting elections during a pandemic has been the subject of much debate on the continent and worldwide, with certain countries choosing to continue with elections amid the pandemic and others choosing to postpone their elections amid concerns of the risks involved. Nations on the continent that have held elections during the pandemic include Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. Given the extent of the risks of holding elections during the pandemic and mixed calls on whether to postpone or continue with elections in the nation, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa ordered an inquiry commission to determine the nation’s capacity to hold free, fair elections during the initially scheduled period in October.

On 13 September 2021, at its 48 ordinary sessions, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) had its enhanced interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s oral update about human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The HRC was updated about the human rights situation in the Tigray region by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mr. Daniel Bekele, Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; Mr. Rémy Ngoy Lumbu, Vice-Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and Mr. Gedion Timothewos Hessebon, Attorney General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The oral update also witnessed presentations from representatives of the European Union, the United States of America, African states, and civil society organisations. 

On 15 September 2021, EndCode and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will co-host the launch of the Model Guidelines on Age-Appropriate Design for Online Services — an Impact Amplifier Africa Online Safety Fund project, funded by Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm.

S3 E11: #Tech4Rights: Reflections on conversion therapy, current practices, emerging technology, and the protection of LGBTQ+ rights in Africa

In conversation with Ms Thiruna Naidoo

Applications are invited for the award of the first Christof Heyns Human Rights Scholarship. Applications are open to current or prospective doctoral candidates studying towards a doctoral degree in human rights at the University of Pretoria. The Scholarship is for study in 2022.

On Friday 27 August 2021, the Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosted a one-day training workshop on the right of persons with disabilities to participate in public and political life in Malawi. This right is entrenched in article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and in article 21 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (African Disability Protocol).  

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria is pleased to announce the publication of the third paper in the African Human Rights Policy Papers series. 

EndCode and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will co-host the launch of the Model Guidelines on Age-Appropriate Design for Online Services — an Impact Amplifier Africa Online Safety Fund project, funded by Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a webinar organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit on spatial (in)justice and the post-apartheid state.

On 15 September 2021, the Project on Public Finance and Human Rights hosted an online discussion entitled, “The Financial Services Human Rights Benchmark Project and its Potential Applicability to South Africa’s Financial Sector”.

About a month after the African region reflected on progress in realising women’s rights with the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) 18 years ago, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, continued its efforts to support the implementation of the Maputo Protocol by ensuring states’ compliance with their treaty reporting obligations.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, hosted a week-long capacity building workshop on strategic litigation and advocacy for LGBTI+ human rights defenders in Africa.

Adopted on 30 January 2016, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Older Persons (Older Persons Protocol) has two of the 15 ratifications needed to bring it into force. Sierra Leone signed the Older Persons Protocol on 14 July 2016 but is yet to ratify it. The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, had a meeting to strategise on the ratification process in Sierra Leone and to reflect on how it can partner with and support stakeholders in the country to develop a plan towards the speedy ratification of the Older Persons Protocol.

The Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the National University of Lesotho present the Fourth International Conference on the Right to Development on the thematic of ‘Right to Development and Illicit Financial Flows from Africa’. The conference will bring together experts from various fields, including academics, emerging researchers, practitioners and policy designers to explore the issue of the right to development and illicit financial flows from a critical, interdisciplinary, and contextually engaged perspectives.

The Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA) and the Populace Foundation International (TPFI), in partnership with The State of the Union (SOTU), and in collaboration with the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and the Centre for Policy Analysis, convene a “Colloquium to Critically Examine Uganda’s National IDP Policy (2004) against the Kampala Convention” on zoom.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Antwerp, Belgium, annually present an Advanced Human Rights Course (AHRC) on the Right to Development in Africa. In 2021, the course was presented from 16 to 20 August. As a result of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, this year’s course was presented online via Zoom. 

 S3 E10:The role of state institutions in preventing violent conflict: A case of Angola

In conversation with Dr Eduardo Kapapelo

(By Professor Daniel Bradlow)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will inject $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights into the global economy. It will allocate them among its member states, which can then decide for themselves how they want to use their Special Drawing Rights.

The University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy at the Centre for Human Rights (an academic department and a non-governmental organisation at the University).

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is seeking to recruit an experienced consultant with extensive knowledge on access to justice for persons with disabilities. The consultant is expected to conduct a desktop research study to ascertain the legal position and approach to the testimonial competence of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in the criminal justice systems in eleven Southern African countries.

(By Daniel Bradlow and  Kevin P. Gallagher)

On July 9, the International Monetary Fund’s executive board agreed to inject the equivalent of $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights — IMF’s unique reserve asset — into the world economy.

(By Professor Daniel Bradlow)

Five decades ago this month, US President Richard Nixon informed the world that the US would no longer honour its commitment to exchange US dollars for gold on demand. The commitment had been the foundation of the international monetary system created in 1944 at Bretton Woods, a conference established to regulate international financial order after the conclusion of the second world war. This system required each participating state to maintain a fixed par value for its currency in terms of the US dollar. In return, the US promised to freely exchange dollars for gold at the agreed price of US$35 dollars per ounce of gold.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to the virtual launch of Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa: Constraints and Opportunities, which explores recent developments, constraints and opportunities relating to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. The book is edited by Ebenezer Durojaye, Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi and Charles Ngwena.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to its 9th Annual Disability Rights Conference on 16 and 17 November 2021 which will take place virtually via Zoom.

The latest HRDA Chronicles episode features Musu Bakoto Sawo, who is an advocate for girls' rights. She also engages communities on harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. 

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria wishes to congratulate Professor Attiya Warris on her recent appointment as the United Nations Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Financial Transactions. Professor Warris emerged as the mandate holder among 15 other eligible candidates. The appointment was announced on 14 July 2021 at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

National Women’s Day is commemorated on 9 August every year. Commemorating this Day is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the beauty and strength of South African women, but also to draw attention to issues that women in Africa still face. These issues include gender-based violence (GBV), discrimination and harassment in different areas of life, unequal pay, and a lack of access to education and sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) annually presents an Advanced Human Rights Course on Civil Society Law in Africa. In 2021, the course was presented from 2 to 6 August. As a result of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, this year’s course was presented online. 

S3 E9: #Tech4Rights: Exploring the downfalls of social media use for protests and activism

In conversation with Ms Bonolo Makgale and Ms Tariro Sekeramayi

Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, seeks to engage a researcher to review the activity of the African Development Bank over the past 18 months.

S3 E8: A critical analysis of the incarceration of Jacob Zuma and subsequent unrest in South Africa

In conversation with Dr Tshepo Madlingozi

Recently, three graduates of the Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA) programme from Ethiopia were appointed as Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioners for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on 25 June 2021. Mrs Rakeb Messele Aberra (The pioneer class of 2000) was appointed as the Deputy Chief Commissioner, Dr Abdi Jibril Ali (Class of 2009) was appointed Commissioner for Civil and Political Rights at the EHRC while and Meskerem Techane Geset (Class of 2011) was appointed Commissioner for Women and Children’s Rights. 

S3 E7: #Tech4Rights: Confronting online violence against sexual minorities

In conversation with Laurah Arudi Maina, Kofi Yeboah and Emsie Erastus

The Helen Kanzira Lecture is an annual lecture on sexual and reproductive rights in Africa, held within the framework of a consortium of 13 African universities that present the Master’s programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA). The lecture is held in honour of the memory of Helen Kanzira who was a graduate of the HRDA programme and passed away in 2007, due to complications from child birth. It is an annual theme focused on a contemporary aspect of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. Annually, the lecture provides an opportunity for taking stock, for reflection, and to set priorities. It is a constant reminder – a recurring wake-up call – that maternal mortality can almost always be prevented; and that women’s sexual and reproductive rights should be prioritised in policy making and implementation.

On 16 July 2021, the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, hosted the Julius Osega Memorial Lecture. The lecture was themed "Poverty is not a crime - Undoing colonial criminal justice” and was delivered by Ms Anneke Meerkotter, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Commissioner Chikondi Chijozi of the Malawi Human Rights Commission.

The Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is calling for contributions for the #Tech4Rights Expo, which will be held from 26 to 29 October 2021.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the School of Law, SOAS University of London, the SOAS Centre of African Studies and Cambridge University Press, cordially invite you to the virtual launch of the Journal of African Law (JAL) Special Issue on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (edited by Romola Adeola, Lutz Oette, Olivia Lwabukuna and Frans Viljoen).

S3 E6: #Tech4Rights- Children’s rights to privacy in the digital sphere in Africa

In conversation with Ms Opal Sibanda

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is delighted to announce the successful presentation of the 13th edition of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which was for the second time wholly held online.  The team of Strathmore University, Kenya, composed of Sumaya Nur and Sanjana Ragu, claimed the title as 2021 winners. The runner up team is Universidad Central del Ecuador, Ecuador.  Strathmore University also won the Christof Heyns Commonwealth Memorial Prize, which was presented for the first time.

The Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya (the Court) recently delivered a judgment upholding the right to employment of persons with disabilities enshrined in article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In Wilson Macharia v Safaricom PLC, the Court upheld the rights to human dignity, fair administrative action and reasonable accommodation during the recruitment and employment of persons with disabilities in Kenya.

On 20 July 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (UP), held a webinar organised by the Children’s Rights Unit and the and the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit. The focus was on children’s rights to privacy in the digital sphere in Africa. This event forms part of the Centre’s campaign #Tech4Rights which focuses on the impact of new technologies on different aspects of human interaction and its impact on human rights.

As part of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the Second Annual Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture was held virtually on 14 July 2021.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington DC,  the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights present the final round invitation World Moot  16 July 2021.

The Centre for Human Rights recently featured on an episode of SABC2’s television programme known as 'Activated'. Activated is a disability actuality television series that focuses on raising awareness about disability-related issues, with each episode focusing on a specific topic.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria seeks to appoint a consultant(s) to conduct a child-focussed study meant to draw from children’s own understanding of their role in the implementation of the frameworks.

The Centre for Human Rights partnered with Paradigm Initiative in advancing digital rights in Africa through the Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (DRIMF) that is offered by Paradigm Initiative. DRIMF is offered twice every year and is aimed at exposing the participants to the digital rights landscape and enhancing their knowledge and skills in digital rights in Africa.

The #Tech4Rights campaign by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, explores the impact of new technologies on different aspects of human interaction. In support of this campaign, Marystella Simiyu (Program Officer at the Centre's Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit) interviews Lukman Mahami Adams (Digital Inclusion Media Fellow- Paradigm Initiative) on the feasibility of digital technologies in improving election integrity in Africa.

In 2021, Africa commemorates 40 years since the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter). At a virtual event celebrating this landmark and honouring South Africa’s contributions to the evolution of the Charter, participants expressed disappointment that this milestone received so little attention in the country, particularly from the South African government.

You are cordially invited to the  Second Annual Nelson Mandela  Human Rights Lecture.  The Annual Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture is presented by the  Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria,  Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C.,  the Commonwealth Secretariat and the  Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  in collaboration with the  African Group of Ambassadors in Geneva,  as part of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition,  on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day  (as per UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/13). 

The Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invite you to the Julius Osega Memorial Lecture 2021.

S3 E5: #Tech4Rights: Access to the internet and internet governance in Africa

In conversation with Bulanda Nkhowani, Amina Idris and Koliwe Majama

On 22 June 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, together with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission), through the mechanism of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, IGED-Africa, International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia-Pacific, ESCR-Net and GI-ESCR hosted a webinar on marriage and property rights for women in Africa and Asia.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), seeks to recruit a Legal Researcher to be embedded at the African Commission in Banjul. 

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), seeks to recruit a Senior Legal Researcher to be embedded at the African Commission in Banjul. 

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is developing a pan-African database on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights and democratic governance in African countries.

On 28 May 2021, the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria hosted a high-level advocacy meeting on the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa (Older Persons’ Protocol) and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (Disability Rights Protocol). These two Protocols are not yet in force. They each require fifteen ratifications to ensure their entry into force. So far, only four states to the Charter have ratified the Older Persons’ Protocol, while none have ratified the Disability Rights Protocol. During the meeting, it was revealed that both in Kenya and South Africa cabinet approval for the ratification of the Disability Rights Protocol has been secured recently. The parliamentary processes are ongoing.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is deeply concerned about the recent events occurring in Eswatini in the wake of protests against police brutality and in support of democracy in the nation. The violent nature of the protests and the response of the Eswatini government pose a threat to the fundamental right to life of citizens of Eswatini, the only remaining absolute monarchy in Africa.

The School of Law, University of Nairobi in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to the Helen Kanzira Memorial Lecture.

Are you curious to learn more about the 18 commitments on #Faith4Rights, which are mentioned in the 2021 hypothetical case of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition? Join online the #Faith4Rights webinar, which will take place immediately after the virtual opening ceremony of the Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition on 1 July 2021.

You are cordially invited to the Opening Ceremony of the 13th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which will be held online on Thursday 1 July 2021.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, together with the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance in Tanzania (CHRAGG), co-hosted a state reporting training workshop on the African Human Rights system from 22 - 24 June 2021, at the New Dodoma Hotel in Dodoma, Tanzania.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Charter, and in honour of Professor Heyns’ legacy, the Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with its partners for the event, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, invites you to an online one-day conference on Friday 2 July 2021.

Tech4Rights: The use of assistive technologies for persons with disabilities

In conversation with Mr Silver Francis Oonyu and Mr Wilson Macharia

At a webinar organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in commemoration of the #WorldRefugeeDay, renowned experts drawn from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), civil society (Lawyers for Human Rights) and academia called for increased inclusion of refugees in health systems, education and sports in Africa and made important recommendations to the international community, states, communities hosting refugees, and individuals.

The Migration Unit at the Centre for Human Rights cordially invites you to the Continental Workshop on Internal Displacement in Africa on  25 June 2021. Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa - GENIDA provides an essential platform for the critical engagement and understanding of displacement while recommending solutions for these issues. With an issue that is affecting more than 12 million people in Africa, it is crucial that we advocate for it. #LetsTalkIDPs

The annual Advanced Human Rights Course on Children’s Rights in Africa is currently underway. The course is hosted as a continuing collaborative effort between the Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria and the Dullar Omar Institute at the University of Western Cape.

In June 2011, the Human Rights Council endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in its Resolution 17/4. These principles are based on three pillars: the State duty to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and access to remedy. Having garnered a large consensus, the UNGPs had constituted a watershed moment in the quest for corporate accountability and ending business impunity. However, the 10th anniversary of the UNGPs comes against the background of widespread business-related human rights abuses in Africa. Across the continent, business activities, especially by transnational corporations (TNCs) and extractives industries, impact daily labour rights, the right to a clean environment, the right to water, the right to health, communities’ rights to land, to list only a few. Unfortunately, no effective remedies are available for these breaches. Corporate impunity relating to human rights violations continues to run rampant on the continent, mainly with the complicity of corrupt states agencies captured by corporations.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (CHR), the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) cordially invite you to a celebratory event to reflect on the contributions of South Africa and South Africans to the African Charter and its application and implementation.

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the Pan-African Parliament Civil Society Forum (PAP CSO Forum) held a webinar on 9 June 2021, to discuss the recently postponed elections of the PAP, and issues related to the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP). This virtual event was attended by 180 participants from across the continent.

The Migration Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a webinar on the inclusion of refugees in Africa in health, education and sports in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will engage experts in the field to discuss the critical importance of, and challenges to, the inclusion of refugees in health systems, education and sports in the COVID-19 era in the region. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. 

On 16 June every year, the African continent celebrates the Day of the African Child (DAC). The African Union (AU) designated this Day to commemorate the contributions of the children and young people to the liberation of South Africa from apartheid, exemplified by many of them being shot during protest action on this day in 1976. In the years since its establishment, the DAC has been used to highlight pertinent issues affecting the rights and welfare of children in Africa, and to remind African countries of their promise and commitments to protect the rights of children in Africa.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, cordially invites you to a webinar organised by the Democracy and Civic Engagement Unit on youth interaction and perception of political parties in South Africa. The webinar will interrogate issues that influence youth interaction with political parties, particularly on campus. Looking at how on-campus politics are a microcosm of broader political engagement; the discussion aims to reveal how the interaction shapes the youth’s behaviour in politics and elections and ultimately how it shapes the youth as leaders.

The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the ACERWC CSO FORUM and the Eastern Africa Child Rights Network, cordially invite you to a webinar on Tuesday 15 June 2021, on the occasion of the Day of the African Child (DAC) which is commemorated on 16 June every year. The webinar will focus on the theme of Accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children.

On 13 June, the world celebrates International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD). For years, the Centre for Human Rights has worked to promote the rights of persons with albinism through various initiatives.

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (African Disability Rights Protocol) was adopted on 30 January 2018 by the African Union Heads of States.

The Pan-African Parliament 

In conversation with Clement Mavungu

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, seeks to appoint a Video Documentary Consultant on the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, seeks to appoint a consultant to conduct a study on the Impact of the Master’s programme in partner universities.