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2015 Oak Human Rights Fellowship

28 October 2014

Can you think of a front-line activist in need of respite?

We are pleased to issue this call for nominations for the 2015 Oak Human Rights Fellowship, sponsored by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The fellowship is...

40 years without parties in Swaziland

11 April 2013

April 12th marked 40 years since King Sobhuza II abrogated Swaziland’s independence constitution and created an absolute monarchy but Swazis have no reason to celebrate – as they continue to struggle with a devastating combination of political, economic, judicial and social...

A bushman returns to earth

02 August 2012

On June 30 2012, Dawid Kruiper was laid to rest in the Kalahari. The leader of the indigenous Khomani San, Kruiper's state funeral was attended by thousands of mourners.

But while his spirit has passed on, his example will continue to inspire his people – and all who struggle in the face of seemingly insurmountable...

ACHPR finds Zimbabwe guilty of torture

24 March 2013

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has found the Zimbabwe Government responsible for the torture and ill-treatment of Gabriel Shumba, a well-known human rights advocate and lawyer from Zimbabwe. This is the first time in its 26-year history for the most important human rights body in Africa to hold...

ACHPR prize for Centre for Human Rights

10 October 2012

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) may have its critics but few could complain about it awarding its first ever NGO Prize for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights to the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

Awarded as part of the ACHPR’s 25th...

Adult education in Namibia and Swaziland

10 September 2012

In 2011, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) conducted a research study in five countries – Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland – to draw an up-to-date map of the current state of youth and adult education in these countries – the policies, institutional frameworks, governance, funding,...

Africa must aim for a Green Economy

19 June 2012

Rio+20 is taking place against a backdrop of global environmental, economic and development crises. These events, exemplified by recent financial and banking failures, are linked in the minds of many leading analysts to an unsustainable, short term, market-driven macroeconomic paradigm that fails to adequately address the...

Africa must finance its own development

30 May 2012

Africa needs to reduce its dependency on foreign aid and get to the point of financing its own development, some of the continent's key development experts said at the OpenForum in Cape Town.

Timing is optimal now that Africa is experiencing an economic boom with annual growth rates of up to eight percent.


Africa must limit pre-trial detention

25 April 2012

It is time for African states to take urgent action to end arbitrary arrests and minimise the number of people in pre-trial detention. This was the message that 20 civil society organisations took to Banjul and presented at the 51st session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

Speaking on...

African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of HIV+ women

06 November 2013

In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and...

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