At the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2014, Dr Sabelo Gumedze, an alumnus of the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, was appointed as a member of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

The Master’s Programme proudly presented by the Centre for Human Rights has 401 professionals from 36 African countries, Spain and the United States of America. Graduates of the Alumni Association have over the years been involved in human rights advocacy on the continent and beyond. The alumni network has become visible throughout the human rights milieu in Africa with alumni working in the academia, civil society organisations, national and inter-governmental institutions at the sub-regional, regional and global level. Dr Sabelo Gumedze belongs to the alumni association.


Prior to his appointment and following his graduation from the Masters programme in 2001-2002, Sabelo has had working relationships with various institutions including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; the University of South Africa (Limpopo Province Campus); the University of Limpopo and the Oliver Schreiner School of Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He has also worked as a consultant, partner and advisor with the United Nations, the African Union and civil societies. In 2012, Sabelo obtained a doctorate from the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

As a member of the Working Group, Sabelo will be involved in conducting studies on racial discrimination relating to people of African descent; proposing measures on access to justice for people of African descent and collaborating with this people and relevant institutions for the realisation of the rights of people of African descent. The United Nation Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was established by the Commission on Human Rights Resolution 2002/68.




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