September 6th, 2019
Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) turns 25 years today, 6th September 2019.
The organisation will host a High Level Panel on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, at the Constitutional Court, in Johannesburg to mark its 25th Anniversary.
HURISA transformed in 1994 after existing as the Institute for the Study of Public Violence, and serving as the research and documentation arm of the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry – Chaired by Judge Richard Goldstone.
To this end, HURISA remains a preferred partner of choice in promoting human rights, peace and democracy in South Africa and beyond.
The organisation contributed immensely towards the adoption of Regulations of Gatherings Act in 1993, and serves as a Support Group Member on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa, established by the African Commission on Humana and People’s Rights.
The High Level Panel is the first of its kind to be hosted by HURISA with the theme *“A Country in Crisis: Taking Voices from the Ground to Action.”*
Recognition of historical foundation of selfless efforts will be acknowledged to individuals and organisations that continue to make a difference to HURISA and the community. Speakers include prominent figures such as the former Chairperson of the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry, Retired Judge, Richard Goldstone; Former Commissioner, Advocate Solly Sithole SC and Lead Council and Evidence Leader , Advocate Johan du Toit; Deputy Director NPA, His Excellency Ambassador Tobias Elling Rehfeld of the Royal Danish Embassy; and Her Excellency, Ms Astrid Emilie Helle; Justice Jody Kollapen; Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Information Regulator; Dr Zonke Majodina HURISA Board Member and former UN Human Rights Committee Member & Deputy Chairperson of the SAHRC, Commissioner Mohamed Shafie Ameermia and Dr Marjory Jobson, the Khulumani Support Group Executive Director and Former CRL Commissioner.
HURISA looks forward to more impactful programmes and continuous partnership in the human rights space.
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HURISA Statement on Mandela Day 18 July 2019
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity and to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” – Nelson Mandela.
It was Mr. Mandela who visited Norway in 1992 to request assistance from the Government of Norway to set up an effective monitoring system for addressing the politically motivated public violence that was threatening South Africa’s transition process from apartheid to multiracial democracy. And therefore, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of President Nelson Mandela, the father of our democracy.
The 18th of July marks the birthday of both Adelaide Tambo and Nelson Mandela. At HURISA, we salute these two freedom fighters today and every day. As a tribute to Adelaide Tambo, to Nelson Mandela and to all South Africans who navigates the path of fighting for justice; we commemorate that which captures the essence of the soul of our non-racial democracy – remembering that South Africa emerged from a culture of gross human rights violation.
Year 2019 is a significant year in South Africa marking its 6th democratic election since 1994 and marking 25th Anniversary of its human rights and democratic dispensation. It is also the year that coincides with the 25th Anniversary of HURISA originally known as the Institute for Research into the Study of Public Violence. It is for this reason that HURISA heightens the impetus of the year 2019 by creating vibrant dialogue platforms at provincial and national level to raise human rights issues affecting South Africa today.
For more information contact
HURISA Communication and Advocacy
Mobile 063 319 8346
South Africa – VNR Inputs
Focal Point from MGoS is:
Ellie Lederman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Leanne Hartill – email@example.com
Country-specific inputs received from:
• José María Toledo Soto – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Kate Donald – email@example.com
• Ayman Okeil – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Anna Henry email@example.com
• Nonhlanhla Sibanda Moyo firstname.lastname@example.org
• Corlett Letlojane email@example.com
• Kim Windvogel firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions to draft the statement(s):
• Please read these points carefully
• Prior to drafting please read all inputs received for your country and in addition the cross-cutting inputs (google doc)
• Make sure that the statement uses all country-specific inputs received below. Not all who have inputted will be able to attend the HLPF. It is the responsibility of those who are drafting the statement to consider the inputs and key messages from those who will not be there in person
• Communicate with the entire group whose email addresses are copied in above. Suggestion: prior to drafting you may send an introductory email and propose a call to discuss or you can communicate via email.
• Feel free to engage more people in the statement writing but always make sure to introduce them and be transparent in all the communication
• We advise that you use this google doc for drafting and we ask that you use this google doc to submit your final statement.
• Keep in mind that these statements are collaborative. Therefore always be respectful.
Statement #1 (please do not exceed 300 words)
We commend the considerable progress South Africa made since 1994. However, we note the slow pace of localisation of the SDGs.
Equitable access to quality education remains a major challenge, especially among learners living in economically marginalised areas; How does government plan to address SDG 4?
South Africa is ranked as one of the ten most violent places in the world. Levels of gender-based violence are particularly high, with a femicide rate five times that of the global average; communities are living in fear, the army has recently been dispatched to certain communities affected, this is not a solution and could have negative effects on the very people living in those communities. What long term, sustainable plans are being put in place to address the violence South Africans face on a daily basis?
In terms of the impact of climate change, poor and marginalised communities bear the brunt, with child and female-headed households affected disproportionately; How will government address this?
We note with concern that South Africa is categorised as an upper middle-income country, which does not consider the high levels of inequality. This categorisation has implications in terms of trade, technology transfer, and access to development support.
How will the country tackle corruption and illicit financial flows that robs the country of at least 11 % of public expenditure?
As Civil Society we note with excitement that our gvt has now adopted an institutional framework for the coordination of sustainable development. We call on our government to ensure that within the next 12 months this framework is operationalised.
Statement #2 (can be delivered in case time permits)
We note that achieving the SDG’s is a challenging task. However time is not on our side and the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in South Africa requires a new sense of urgency. How will South Africa demonstrate the urgent implementation of the SDG’s by 2030 considering that those who drafted the NDP lacks equitable gender analysis related to SDG 5.
In your statement you mentioned that SOUTH Africa is propoor, but I come from a province that penalizes people who are homeless, by fining them enormous amounts for sleeping on the street.
You mentioned collaboration in your statement, but we express our concern that there was not an inclusive process to consult civil society when preparing the VNR. The SDGs cannot be achieved in South Africa without mobilizing the considerable energies of communities, the youth that make up 60% of our country, various social movements and civil society, this relates to SDG 17 ensuring that no one is left behind through creating enabling environments for transparent and collaborative partnerships.
In the spirit of leaving no one behind how do we reconcile the women empowerment mentioned in your statement when only 7% of Healthcare facilities provide abortions on demand when it is supposed to be a right under the choice on termination of pregnancy act for all South Africans.
We call the government’s attention to the 2018 recommendations of the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee called on the government to:
• Review fiscal policy, to better mobilize domestic resources and increase its redistributive effect
• Increase levels of funding in the areas of social security, health, quality education
• The Committee also called for the decriminalisation of sex work, the protection of sex workers from all forms of harrassment and violence. Which directly relates to SDG 8, decent work, which is enshrined in the constitution of the country that mentions that each person has the right to their own occupation and to be free from all forms of discrimination.
How does the government plan to address these recommendations in a way that is both constitutionally gender responsive, inclusive of the youth of South Africa and sustainable for all?
October 9th, 2018
Comments Off on Consolidating Civil Society’s Role in the Transition from African Human Rights Standards to Practice
Call for proposals: Parallel reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Date: 5 October 2018
The International Commission of Jurists – European Institutions (ICJ-EI), the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in part implementation of their joint project on consolidating and enhancing civil society’s role in facilitating the transition from human rights standards to human rights practice in Africa are pleased announce the opening of this call for proposals in their ‘Support for the submission of Parallel
(Alternative or Shadow) reports to the African Human Rights Supervisory Mechanisms’ activity.
Eligibility: Civil Society Organisations, including Non- Governmental Organisation or Community Based
Organisations based in Angola, Botswana or Togo interested in submitting a parallel report on any of the country reports to be considered by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’
Rights at the October/November 2018 Session of the Commission. Geographic scope: Angola; Botswana and Togo
Maximum size of grant: €10,000
This project is funded by the European Union
Submission of proposals
Applicants must use a short proposal template, which will be forwarded by email@example.com upon request. All proposals must be submitted to the same email address by 11 October 2018.
Purpose of the sub-grant
Grantees may apply the grant in the preparation of a parallel report. Examples of eligible costs are consultative meetings; payment of research or technical consultants; costs associated with the presentation of the report and advocacy in Banjul, such as travel and accommodation and layout and printing costs if the report is to be widely distributed. Funds cannot be used for salaries, office costs or other overheads..
No award will be made where applicants fail to satisfy the above criteria.
Queries can be directed to Solomon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 23rd, 2013
The South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) joins other progressive movements on the continent in expressing grave concern by the recent development in Kenya; SAFIS strongly condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated in the Kenyan Westgate Mall to innocent people. These barbaric attacks have taken the lives of more than 60 people and left more than 200 wounded.
SAFIS is calling on the regional and Continental leaders to strengthen Terrorism Acts Early Warning Mechanisms so as to reinforce the protection of the people of our continent. It is very sad to notice that some heartless groups of people can just decide to act in a savage manner without any human remorse, stated Sipho Theys SAFIS Coordinator.
These barbaric acts cannot be tolerated on the Continent since the African Union has put in place some legal instruments for prevention and combating terrorism, says Médard Abenge. This mechanism was in response of the bombing and killing of more than 240 African people and several thousand injured in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam in 1998.
Out of 54 AU member States, only 14 have ratified the AU Protocol on Prevention and Combating Terrorism. Kenya is among the State parties that signed this Panafrican legal instrument in 2008 but has not yet ratified it, informed Corlett Letlojane. We therefore urge the Kenyan Government to ratify this Protocol and implement it without any further delay. At the same time all other African Countries that have not yet signed or ratified this regional mechanism should do so without anymore delay.
Issued in Johannesburg on behalf of SAFIS on 23rd September 2013
For more information, contact:
South Africa Forum for International Solidarity
Secretariat hosted by HURISA
Tel: +27 (11) 333 1730
Fax: +27 (11) 333 1735
Mob: +27 825000811