The first issue of the African Disability Rights Yearbook (AYDR) was launched at the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, on 5 November 2013.

The Yearbook is edited by Prof Charles Ngwena, who served as convening editor (at CHR), with Dr Ilze Grobbelaar-Du Plessis (Department of Public Law, University of Pretoria), Prof Helene Combrinck (University of the Western Cape) and Dr Serges Kamga (UNISA) as co-editors. Although the Yearbook was initiated by the CHR, the realization of the first issue was only possible through the collaboration between the individuals and institutions mentioned. The 2013 Yearbook (covering the situation as at 31 December 2012) was launched as part of an Academic Conference on Disability Rights in Africa,  held at the Centre on 5 and 6 November.

The Yearbook will be published annually. Its publication has been made possible through financial support by the Open Society Initiative for Southern African (OSISA).

The Director of the Centre, Prof Frans Viljoen, expressed gratitude to the authors and co-editors who contributed to this milestone.  He noted in particular the role of Prof Charles Ngwena who as convening editor, was the driving force behind the publication of the 2013 Yearbook.

It is published by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), located at the Centre for Human Rights.  It appears in hard copy and is available as a free downloadable document on http://www.pulp.up.ac.za/journals/african-disability-rights-yearbook-volume-1-2013.

Anyone interested in obtaining a copy should contact PULP at pulp@up.ac.za. Anyone interested in contributing to the Yearbook please contact Prof Charles Ngwena on charles.ngwena@up.ac.za

For more information, please contact
Prof Frans Viljoen, Centre for Human Rights,
Tel: 012-420-3228
Email:  frans.viljoen@up.ac.za


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