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.

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Global Webinar

Wednesday 16 December 2020
13:00 GMT  /  14:00 WAT  /  15:00 SAST  /  16:00 EAT 

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Theme: Peaceful (and not so peaceful) assemblies: A fresh look at the international standards

Keynote speakers

  • 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.

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Yolanda Booyzen
Communications and Advocacy Manager

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4512
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743

Moderator: Dr Romola Adeola
Coordinator, Global Engagement Network on Internal Displacement in Africa (GENIDA)
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Professor of International Relations, University of Witwatersrand
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Dr Allehone Abebe
Senior Legal Officer, African Union/UN Refugee Agency
Topic: Making preventive and solutions strategies for conflict related internal displacement more effective
Dr Walters Samah
Head of Mission Cell Analysis, African Union Mission in Somalia
Topic: Implementing the AU’s Silencing the Guns Agenda in Somalia and its impact on internally displaced persons
Ms Angelique Sarr
Regional IDP Advisor,  International Committee of the Red Cross
Topic: The role of international humanitarian law in preventing internal displacement
Dr Japhet Biegon
Regional Advocacy Coordinator (Africa), Amnesty International
Topic: Justice and accountability as critical elements in silencing the guns