The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, cordially invite you to a global webinar on peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies: A fresh look at the international standards.
Wednesday 16 December 2020
13:00 GMT / 14:00 WAT / 15:00 SAST / 16:00 EAT
Theme: Peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies: A fresh look at the international standards
- Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria
- Ilze Brands Kehris
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
- Abigail Noko
Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for Southern Africa
- Prof Frans Viljoen
Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
- Prof Christof Heyns
Member of the UN Human Rights Committee and Rapporteur for General Comment 37; Professor of Human Rights Law, University of Pretoria
- Clément Nyaletsossi Voule
UN Special Rapporteur on the freedoms of assembly and association
- Barbara Fontana
Head of Human Rights Section, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva
- Francesca Fanucci
Senior Legal Advisor, European Centre for Not-for-Profit Law
- Commissioner Luís Carrilho
Police Advisor, Police Division, UN Department of Peace Operations
During 2020, the United Nations issued two new international instruments on peaceful assembly, which set out the “rules of engagement” for assemblies worldwide, in order to allow participants to pursue change while ensuring that tensions are de-escalated and violence is avoided.
The UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment 37 on the right of peaceful assembly and the UN Human Rights Guidance on Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement restate key elements of the international standards on peaceful assemblies.
See links for background documentation:
- General Comment 37 on the Right of Peaceful Assembly
- Fact Sheet & FAQs (English, Spanish)
- UN Human Rights Guidance on Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement
There will be interpretation into French and Spanish.
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