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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.  

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The partners invite you to the event, which will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform, on Thursday 21 October 2021 from 11:00 to 13:00 SAST.

21 October is ‘Africa Human Rights Day’, marking the day, in 1986, when the African Charter entered into force.


High Level Panel on Africa Human Rights Day marking the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Thursday 21 October 2021
09:00 GMT / 10:00 WAT / 11:00 SAST / 12:00 EAT 
All participants are required to register on Zoom.
The event will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be available.

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Programme

Welcoming

  • Welcome by SAHRC, HURISA, CHR

AU Anthem

Introductions and opening remarks

  • Introduction of Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery (SA) by Commissioner Fatima Chohan, Deputy Chairperson, SAHRC
  • Opening remarks by Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery (SA)
  • Introduction of Deputy Minister Diana Asonaba Dapaah (Ghana) by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, CHR
  • Opening remarks by Deputy Minister Diana Asonaba Dapaah (Ghana)

Panel 1, 2 and 3

  • Judge Alapini Gansou (former Commissioner, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights)
  • Professor Victor Dankwa (former Commissioner, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights)
  • Ms Abiola Idowu-Ojo (Senior Legal Officer, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
  • Mr Raymond Diouf (Principal Legal Officer, African Court)
  • Prof Annika Rudman (Academic, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University)
  • Ms Sibongile Ndashe (Executive Director, Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa)

Musical interlude I

  • Introduction to Panel 1: Achievements
    Moderated by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, CHR and Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director, HURISA

Musical interlude II

  • Introduction to Panel 2: Challenges / Reform
    Moderated by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, CHR and Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director, HURISA 

Musical interlude III

  • Introduction to Panel 3: South Africa's Engagement
    Moderated by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, CHR and Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director, HURISA
  • Q&A / Comments
    Moderated by Prof Frans Viljoen, Director, CHR and Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director, HURISA

Concluding remarks and closing 

  • Closing remarks
    Adv Fadlah Adams, SAHRC Senior Researcher, Parliamentary International Affairs, SAHRC

Journée des Droits de l’Homme en Afrique 2021

La Charte africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples réalise cette année 40 ans depuis son adoption le 27 juin 1981. En vue de commémorer ce 40e anniversaire, l’Institut des droits de l’homme d’Afrique du Sud (HURISA), la Commission sud-africaine des droits de l’homme (SAHRC) et le Centre des droits de l’homme de l’Université de Pretoria (CHR), organisent un événement virtuel.

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Ces organisations vous invitent à cet événement, qui sera organisé virtuellement sur la plateforme Zoom, ce jeudi 21 octobre 2021 de 11h00 à 13h00 GMT+2.

Le 21 octobre est la « Journée des droits de l’homme en Afrique », retenue en mémoire du jour d’entrée en vigueur de la Charte africaine en 1986.


Panel de Haut Niveau sur la Journée des Droits de l’Homme en Afrique marquant le 40e anniversaire de l’adoption de la Charte africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples

Jeudi 21 octobre 2021
09:00 GMT / 10:00 WAT / 11:00 SAST / 12:00 EAT 
Tous les participants doivent s'inscrire sur Zoom.
L'événement sera diffusé en direct sur Facebook et YouTube.
L’interprétation simultanée en anglais et en français sera disponible.

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Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Prof Frans Viljoen
Director:
Centre for Human Rights
Yolanda Booyzen (she/her)
Communications & Advocacy Manager
Centre for Human Rights

Moderators:
Dr Elvis Fokala, Manager, Children’s Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, UP
Hlengiwe Dube, Manager, Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, UP
 
Introductory remarks 
Dr Nkatha Murungi, Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights, UP
 
An overview of the laws relating to children’s right to privacy and data protection in the digital sphere in Africa
Prof Julia Nielsen-Sloth, Professor of Law, University of Western Cape 
 
European experience on the child rights to privacy and data protection 
Ms Louise Holly, Advocacy and Policy Consultant on child privacy in the digital sphere
 
The impact of POPIA on children’s rights to privacy and data protection in a digital sphere
Tina Power, Senior Analyst and Attorney, ALT Advisory and Power Singh Inc
 
Contextualising the AU Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection through the lens of Children’s rights to Privacy and data protection in a digital sphere in Africa a 
Ms Opal Sibanda, Legal Researcher, Secretariat, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
 
Discussion 
 
Concluding remarks
Dr Nkatha Murungi, Assistant Director, Centre for Human Rights, UP