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New web platform to uphold the universality of rights in the face of rising threats

The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) is pleased to announce the launch of its web platform: oursplatform.org. The platform will be the go-to place for information and resources on safeguarding the universality of rights in international and regional human rights spaces.   A new collaborative project Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and […]

CAL@ACHPR58: Nigeria State Representatives deny any human rights violations taking place in Nigeria based on SOGI

[la version française suit ci-dessous] Dear All, On the first day of the 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights [ACHPR], civil society organisations were given the opportunity to present statements to the Commission, highlighting issues of concern in respect to the situation of various human rights in their contexts. […]

ACHPR 58th Session: ORAL STATEMENT BY THE COALITION OF AFRICAN LESBIANS

[la version française suit ci-dessous] The Chairperson African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 58th Ordinary Session Banjul ORAL STATEMENT BY THE COALITION OF AFRICAN LESBIANS Madame Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners: The Coalition of African Lesbians appreciates this opportunity to address the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during this 58th Ordinary Session. Madame Chairperson, CAL is a regional network of organisations in sub-Saharan Africa committed […]

CAL at the 58th Session of the African Commission and NGO Forum

[La version française suit ci-dessous] NGO Forum: 3-5 April 2016 58th Session: 6-13 and 20 April 2016 The NGO Forum and the 32nd African Human Rights Book Fair, will take place from 3 to 5 April. This will be followed by the 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights from […]

South Africa must fulfil its Constitutional mandate and obligations at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 Attention: Minister Susan Shabangu Ministry of Women Minister Bathabile Dlamini   Ministry of Social Development Minister Mildred Oliphant Ministry of Labour Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans Dear Honourable Ministers Shabangu, Dlamini, Oliphant and Mapisa-Nqakula, RE: South Africa must fulfil its Constitutional mandate and obligations at the 60th […]

South Africa Backsliding on Constitutional Rights?

Women’s Rights on the Chopping Block at the United Nations (New York: 23 March 2016) South African state delegates at the Commission on the Status of Women are taking positions on sexual and reproductive health and rights that directly contravene South African law and constitutional guarantees of non-discrimination and equality, particularly as they affect women […]

Press Release: Historic Meeting of Gender and Sexual Rights Activists from Across Africa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3 MARCH 2016 Human rights defenders from nearly twenty countries across Africa have gathered in Johannesburg ahead of this week’s Africa Regional Seminar on “Finding Practical Solutions to Address Violence and Discrimination against Persons Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression”. This unique meeting is one of the largest gatherings […]