Institute for International and
Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)

Thematic Reports

1. Thematic Report: "Protecting the right to life in the context of policing assemblies" (A/HRC/17/28) 2011
Further developments

  • Video: UN Human Rights expert Christof Heyns on the use of lethal force during demonstrations

2. General Assembly Report: The protection of life in the context of arrest (A/66/330) 2011
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3. Thematic Report: "Protection of the right to life of journalists" (A/HRC/20/22) 2012

The panel consisted of:

  • Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
  • Celia Davies, Cambridge graduate and Project Development Manager at Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety in Azerbaijan
  • Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
  • Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee for the Protection of Journalists
  • Moderator: William Horsely, former BBC correspondent and UK Chairman, Association of European Journalists
  • Chair: Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights”

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Further developments
Video: Protect journalists

Pan-African Conference on Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity kicks off with a call for safe and free environment for African journalists
Place: Addis Ababa

Other speakers/Supporters:

  • FAJ President Omar Faruk Osman
  • The chairperson of African Union Commission Dr Jean Ping
  • IFJ President Jim Boumelha
  • ITUC-Africa General Secretary Kwasi Adu-Amankwah

4. General Assembly Report: Restrictions on the death penalty (A/67/275) 2012
Harvard: Death Penalty, Hanging by a Thread?

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The expert meeting for this report was held at Harvard Law School on June 25 2012 as a joint venture amongst others with Juan Mendéz, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and William Schabas from University of London. Heyns and Mendez presented their reports in parallel to the General Assembly.

Participants

  • Carol Steiker
  • Lloyd Barnett
  • William Schabas
  • Juan Mendez
  • Livingstone Sewanyana
  • Nigel Rodley

Further developments

5. Thematic Report: "Lethal autonomous robotics and the protection of life" (A/HRC/23/47) 2014
The expert meeting for this report was held at the European University Institute, Florance, Italy, on the consequences for the right to life of the emergence of Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). The experts includes people who work in the areas of law, robotics, computer science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and national security, and they represent academia, the military, governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society.

Participants

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 6. General Assembly Report: Armed drones and the right to life (A/HRC/23/47) 2013

Dapo Akande, co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations, chaired the meeting with UN special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Ben Emmerson QC. The workshop was attended by more than 20 academics, members of civil society and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Titled ‘Targeted Killings, Drones and the Right to Life’, it looked at the interaction between the right to life as enshrined in international human rights law, laws on targeted strikes during armed conflict, and the right of states to act in self-defence against non-state parties under international laws on the use of force.

Participants

Further developments

7. Thematic Report: The use of force by law enforcement officials (A/HRC/26/36 ) 2014

Participants

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8.Thematic Report: "Use of information and communications technologies to secure the right to life" (A/HRC/29/37) 2015

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Future reports

“The Special Rapporteur is looking into the role of science and technology in the protection of life, extractive industries and the right to life, and civil society and the protection of the right to life.

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