Burundi bans three UN investigators over damning report

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Original post: DW.com

The authorities in Burundi barred the UN employees from entering the African country after a UN report accused the government of abuse. Bujumbura also warned of a "plot" to harm the country before an international court.

The human rights investigators were no longer welcome in Burundi, Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe said on Monday, adding that the decision was effective immediately.

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UP researchers excel at the 2016 NRF Awards

UP researchers excel at the 2016 NRF Awards

The annual NRF Awards recognise and celebrate South African research excellence. Awards are presented to researchers in two categories, namely special recognition awards and ratings-linked awards. The special recognition awards provide a platform for honouring researchers for career achievements and contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as capacity development and transformation. The ratings-linked awards are given to researchers who have qualified for an A or P rating, as evaluated through the peer review-based NRF rating system. Several of UP's top researchers received recognition during the recent NRF awards ceremony.

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Summary report: Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

Summary report: Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

This conference organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under the auspices of its Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa, sought to provide a better understanding of the challenges to constitutional implementation in Africa so as to draw attention to the causes of regression in constitutionalism and endeavour to suggest solutions to the same.

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Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a seminar on the Development of Constitutionalism in Africa: Problems and Future

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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International workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice’

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The SARChI Chair in International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria organised an international workshop on 'Controversial Aspects of the International Criminal Law Section of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights'. This workshop was held at the University of Pretoria main campus on 12 August 2016.

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Statement on the Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

Statement on the Conference on the Implementation of Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects

A two day conference on the “Implementing Modern African Constitutions: Challenges and Prospects,” took place at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa between 23 and 24 June 2016.

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Prof Christof Heyns elected to the Human Rights Committee

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Prof Christof Heyns elected to the Human Rights Committee

Prof Christof Heyns, professor of human rights law at the University of Pretoria, was nominated in March 2016 by the South African Government as its candidate to the prestigious 18 member United Nations Human Rights Committee, and was elected as a member in New York on 23 June.

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The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan

The Human Rights House Foundation is pleased to invite you to the event:

"The human rights situation in Ukraine two years after Euromaidan: a view from civil society" scheduled on Monday 20 June from 17:00 to 18:00 in Room XXIV.

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Burundi: On second visit to country, UN human rights experts call for concrete steps to end crisis

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Photo credit: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau  | More than a quarter of a million Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since April 25, 2015, most of them to Tanzania. Nduta refugee camp is located in north-western Tanzania and can barely provide shelter, latrines and showers to every refugee.

Original post: UN News

Concluding their second visit to Burundi, a team of United Nations independent human rights experts welcomed certain improvements in the country, but warned that the recent “calm should not be confused with long term stability,” and also called on all parties in the country to stop the use of violence as a political tool.

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A small group of people is changing the world for good

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“The world, if left to its own devices, is balanced evenly between good and bad. Each of us has the ability to tip it.” Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Especially today, with the horrific news of the Orlando mass shooting capturing people’s attention, a ray of optimism is needed. That beam of light was mighty and bright at our Human Rights Awards Dinner this month when we celebrated and honored people who are tipping the world in the right direction.

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Professor Christof Heyns receives prestigious award from The Advocates for Human Rights

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Professor Christof Heyns receives prestigious award from The Advocates for Human Rights

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The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria congratulates Prof Christof Heyns on receiving the prestigious Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award from The Advocates for Human Rights (AHR) on the evening of 1 June 2016 in Minneapolis. The organisation 'Advocates for Human Rights' works locally and globally to fight injustice, restore peace, save lives and build the human rights movement.

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New publication by Professor Charles Fombad: The Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

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New publication by Professor Charles Fombad: The Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

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The new series Stellenbosch Handbooks in African Constitutional Law will engage with contemporary issues of constitutionalism in Africa, filling a notable gap in African comparative constitutional law.

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

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First Annual Expert Seminar on the Right to Life

GENEVA 11-13 MAY 2016

A collaboration between the Geneva Academy, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria

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Two ICLA Fellows Quoted in Supreme Court of Appeal Decision

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Two ICLA Fellows Quoted in Supreme Court of Appeal Decision

On 15 March 2016 the Supreme Court of Appeal decided the case of The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development v The Southern African Litigation Centre, dismissing the Government’s appeal against the North-Gauteng High Court decision which found that the Government’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was unlawful.

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