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Immediate Media Statement

19 May 2014


Observation of Africa Week- 19-25 May 2014: HURISA and SAT are hosting event from 20-21 May 2014 Looking Back at South Africa’s Participation in the African Union since 1994


Attention: Editors and Reporters

The Human Rights Institute of South Africa and the Southern Africa Trust, with support from the State of the Union (SOTU) Coalition invites members of the media to a one (1) and half day commemorative dialogue focusing on the forth-coming launch of the SOTU report (201`1/12) on South Africa’s compliance with the African Union instruments, to be held in Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein.

The Africa week dialogue will mirror the 20 years of the South Africa’s participation during the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU now African Union (AU) since May 23 1994, launch of the State of the Union- SA report (2012/13), reflect on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007) in the light of the recent South African General Elections of 2014 and convene an evening media critical debate and freedom of assembly/protest exhibition.

The central objective of this commemorative dialogue is to engage in a critical analysis made by the South African Government since its homecoming to the African Continental diplomacy of the African Union and its compliance with the fourteen (14) African Union legal instruments with a specific focus on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007).

We anticipate the commemorative dialogue will identify challenges and recommendations relating to the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance through robust and intense discussion.

Details of the dialogue are as follows:
Date: 20- 21 May 2014,
Time: 9:00am – 16: 30pm
Venue: Constitutional Hill, Human Rights Conference Centre, Johannesburg

The anticipated speakers will emanate from Department of International Relations and Co-operation, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Independent Electoral Commission, African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat, Law Society of South Africa, SADC Lawyers Association, Centre for Human Rights, Institute for Global dialogue, Electoral Institute of Sustainable Democracy in Africa , Southern Africa Liaison Office and various national civil society leaders.

The evening media debate and exhibition of news photography from the Mail and Guardian will focus on freedom of assembly in South Africa. Images of historic (pre-1994) and contemporary (post-1994) protests will be juxtaposed to show how far the country has come in protecting free assembly, while also drawing attention to the concerning trend of violent clashes between citizens and police. Human rights activists and a political analyst will engage the participant’s.

Media Debate and Exhibition Details

Date: 20 May 2014,

Time: 6:30pm: 21:00pm

Venue: Constitution Hill, Women’s Jail, Johannesburg

Issued by HURISA Advocacy and Media Liaison Officer

Adv. Sipho Mantula

Tel: 011 333 1730

Cell: 0847815587

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