The Faculty of Law recently hosted the latest in a series of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) lectures at the University of Pretoria. For this lecture, talks were dedicated to SDG 16, which reads as follows: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
As a polio-survivor born and raised in Ethiopia, Stellenbosch University (SU) alumnus Dagnachew ‘Dag’ Wakene worked tirelessly to overcome prejudice and misconceptions about his capabilities. In doing so, he has become a voice for many disenfranchised people, not only in his home country, but also the broader continent.
On 11 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the elaboration of a binding international treaty to prohibit lethal autonomous weapons systems. One of the main sources cited by the resolution is research done by Prof Christof Heyns, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.
In March 2009, Commission Chair Justice Kayode Eso presented a 571-page report to Governor Amaechi, which has yet to be made public.
The aim of the Commission is to foster unity and reconciliation through a variety of different initiatives. Its mandate includes a) preparing and coordinating the national programs for the promotion of national unity and reconciliation b) putting in place and developing ways to restore and consolidate unity and reconciliation among Rwandans; c) educating and mobilizing the population on matters relating to national unity and reconciliation; d) carrying out research, organizing debates, disseminating ideas and making publications relating to peace, national unity and reconciliation; e) making proposals on measures that can eradicate divisions among Rwandans and to reinforce national unity and reconciliation; d) denouncing and fighting against acts, writings and utterances which are intended to promote any kind of discrimination, intolerance or xenophobia; e) making an annual report and such other reports as may be necessary on the situation of national unity and reconciliation.
The final report was made available and government released a white paper responding to the recommendations.
The Commission was set up to look into the circumstances leading to the incidents of politically-motivated violence in Gendema, Freetown and Kenema, and the spate of intolerance occurring in 2009. The Commission’s terms of reference were: a) to review and determine the circumstances as well as establish the facts relating to (i) incidents of political violence and intolerance that occurred in March 2009 in Gendema (Pujehun District), Freetown (Western Area) and Kenema (Kenema District); (ii) the roles and responsibilities of political parties, law enforcement agencies or other persons or groups in relation to the incidents of political violence and intolerance; b) to make necessary findings or conclusions that shall provide a full understanding of the circumstances that resulted in the incidents; and c) to recommend measures to be taken and mechanisms to be put in place to effectively prevent the occurrence of such incidents in the future.(TOR and final report not available)