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30th Anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The College of Law at Unisa will host an international conference from the 5 – 7 November 2012 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and 10 years of the African Union.

Participating Institutions include the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the City of Tshwane, the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), the Institute of African Renaissance (IARS), the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at the University of Pretoria and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, HE Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, HE Ben M’Poko, as well as the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, HE Councillor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will host a dinner on the evening of Monday 5 November 2012.

The speakers at the conference will include judges from the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, among them the Chancellor of Unisa and Judge President of the Transvaal High Court, Hon Justice Bernard Ngoepe; and several highly respected and brilliant legal minds from all regions of the African continent as well Europe, Canada and the USA.

The conference will undertake an appraisal and/or a review of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU) as well as consider prospects for the success of the newly-established African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

The conference will address issues as diverse as:

  • Human Rights in Africa and Challenges of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • The Nexus between Regional Integration, Peace, Security, Democracy and Development and the Promotion and Protection of Human and Peoples’ Rights: African Union in Prospect (perspective?)
  • Human Rights in Africa: Reality or Fallacy?
  • The Impact of the African Human Rights System at the Domestic Level in Africa
  • The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) as a Means of Poverty Reduction
  • Implications of the Arab uprisings on self-determination and good governance in the African Union (AU)
  • The ACHPR and Gender-based Violence in North Africa (Tunisia and Egypt)
  • The African Union concept of ‘Shared values’: A legal analysis
  • Improving Implementation of Human Rights Decisions in Africa: Any lessons from Europe and the Americas?
  • The role of NGOs in the promotion and litigation of human and peoples’ rights at the sub-regional and regional level

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