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Jaap de Visser addresses municipal speakers
Author: Jaap
Published: Sep 03, 2017

On 16 & 17 August, Prof Jaap de Visser took part in the Council of Speakers, a gathering of all municipal speakers. In municipalities, the speaker chairs all council meetings and enforces the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

Commissioner Chris Nissen (SAHRC) visits Dullah Omar Institute
Author: Jacob
Published: Aug 22, 2017

On Monday 21 August, Mr Chris Nissen, Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission visited the Dullah Omar Institute. Commissioner Nissen and the Institute share a connection with the late Adv Dullah Omar as the two worked together intensively as activists. The meeting, attended by senior staff of the Institute, focused on how the two organisations can intensify their collaborative efforts towards achieving social justice.

Chigwata presents at the Local Government Investment Conference
Author: Jacob
Published: Aug 11, 2017

Dr Tinashe Chigwata, a researcher with Applied Constitutional Studies Laboratory presented at the Local Government Investment Conference which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre from the 7th to 9th of August 2017. Dr Chigwata presented a paper titled: “Local government financing in Zimbabwe: (re)positioning local authorities as investment drivers”. He also chaired a session on promoting sustainable local economic development.

#UniteBehind March on 7 August
Author: Jaap
Published: Aug 04, 2017

As the Institute, we are gravely concerned about the state of democracy in South Africa. Our constitutional democracy, for which people like Dullah Omar fought so hard and made so many sacrifices, is under threat. At a time when South Africa needs a stable, functional and prosperous state, state institutions are being used to pursue interests that do not advance the cause of realising the rights in the Bill of Rights. On 7 August, the People's March, organised under #UniteBehind will demand that Parliament does what it is elected to do, namely hold the President to account. We call on all sectors of society to support this initiative and defend our constitutional democracy.

Panel discusses South Africa’s legislatures and the courts
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 27, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute hosted a session at the Public Interest Law Gathering 2017 engaging with questions regarding the interplay between the legislatures and the courts in SA. This panel was facilitated by the Dullah Omar Institute’s Samantha Waterhouse and the panelists were Nonhlanhla Chanza from Law Society of South Africa, Tshepo Motsepe from Equal Education and Prof Steven Friedman from University of Johannesburg.

The latest issue of the ESR Review is now available
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 19, 2017

This issue includes two feature articles that discuss various areas of socio-economic rights. It also contains updates on General Comments 3 and 4 of the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities relating to women and girls with disabilities and inclusive education.

Workshop unpacks access to justice for community members
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 29, 2017

On 28 and 29 June, the Dullah Omar Institute’s Socio-Economic Rights Project hosted a training workshop for community leaders on access to justice. This a continuation of the series Community Engagement Workshops hosted by the institute in 2016.The workshop also offers a platform for various community leaders and community activists with different backgrounds to discuss, network and share their knowledge on human rights and social justice in South Africa.

Seminar looks at challenges in realising the right to adequate housing for person with special needs
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 27, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), on 8 June 2017 convened a seminar on SAHRC Research Policy Brief: Challenges in the Realisation of the Right to Adequate Housing for Person with Special Needs in South Africa. This was following a similar seminar hosted on 31 May 2017 by the South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg. The presenters included Ms. Yuri Ramkissoon, a senior researcher at SAHRC and Ms. Liesel Du Plessis, senior project manager with Project Preparation Trust (PPT).

Prof Durojaye gives a Lecture on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 20, 2017

On 19 June 2017, Prof Ebenezer Durojaye, Head of the Socio-economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, delivered a guest lecture at the College of Law, Osun State University, Nigeria. The lecture was titled: Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights as Human Rights in Africa.

Workshop unpacks LLM/MPhil in Law, State and Multilevel Government
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 08, 2017

On 31 May, the Dullah Omar Institute conducted a research and induction Workshop where the Institute’s LLM/MPhil students in Law, State and Multilevel Government were taken through the requirements and expectations surrounding constitutional practice, which comes in the form of an internship.

The right to adequate housing in SA still a challenge
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 08, 2017

On Tuesday, the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape hosted a roundtable discussion on meaningful engagement. The roundtable looked challenges in the realisation of the right to adequate housing in South Africa.

Policy dialogue focuses on transitions to constitutional democracy
Author: Jacob
Published: May 19, 2017

This week, South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy hosted two policy dialogues with Professor Xavier Philippe, the director of the Louis Favoreu Institute of Public Law and Comparative International and European Law at the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Seminar reflects on the implementation of SPLUMA
Author: Jacob
Published: May 05, 2017

The regulation of land use is immensely complex and it is a process full of competing interests. Municipalities have been placed at the centre of land use planning and management and they have to adopt and implement municipal by-laws to regulate land use. After two years of the implementation of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2013 (SPLUMA), the Dullah Omar Institute in collaboration with SALGA and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a seminar on Implementing SPLUMA, which took place yesterday at the SALGA offices in Cape Town.

Prof Durojaye joins the African Commission’s HIV Committee visit to Namibia
Author: Jacob
Published: May 03, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Prof Ebenezer Durojaye was part of the delegation making the HIV Committee of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights that recently visited Namibia from 24 to 29 April 2017. The Committee focuses on the Protection of the Rights of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, Persons at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by the HIV / AIDS.

Author: Jaap
Published: Apr 12, 2017

Gomhla we 18 ka Apreli 2017, iNdlu yoWiso mthetho yeSizwe izoqwalasela isindululo sokuphela kwethemba kuMongameli. Inkundla Yomgaqo-Siseko iceliwe ukuba inyanzele ibhalothi efihlakeleyo. Kwelinye icala, inkundla yomGaqo- Siseko iceliwe ukuba ilawule phezu kwe impeachment kaMongameli.

Author: Jaap
Published: Apr 11, 2017

The National Assembly is considering a motion of no confidence in the President. The Constitutional Court has been asked to force a secret ballot. In a separate case, the Constitutional Court has been asked to rule on the ‘impeachment’ of the President.

Ahmed Kathrada Memorial
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: Apr 05, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute calls on residents of Cape Town and surrounds to attend the Memorial of the late Ahmed Kathrada.

Dullah Omar Institute calls on society to defend our democracy
Author: Jaap de Visser
Published: Mar 31, 2017

While section 91(2) of the Constitution makes it clear that the President appoints and may dismiss ministers and deputy-Ministers, the Institute wants to register serious concerns surrounding yesterday’s replacement of ten ministers and ten deputy-ministers. The President must uphold, defend and respect the Constitution and promote the unity of the Nation.

Criminal procedure punishes before conviction
Author: Jaap
Published: Mar 29, 2017

How does pretrial detention affect the socio-economic rights of the accused and those around him or her? In this study, Prof Lukas Muntingh and Ms Jean Redpath of the Dullah Omar Institute’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative analyse and quantify the socio-economic impact of pretrial detention in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia.

Certificate Course on Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act
Author: Jaap
Published: Mar 22, 2017

The legal framework for spatial planning and land use management has changed dramatically over the past few years. A new law, the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act now guides the way national, provincial and local governments plan and manage land use. Municipalities are now at the centre of deciding land use applications.

Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath audit Kenya's criminal justice system
Author: Jaap
Published: Mar 17, 2017

The Dullah Omar Institute's Prof Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath were lead consultants in a project to audit Kenya's Criminal Justice System. The Audit found that more poor people were arrested, charged and sent to prison as compared to the well to do. A major concern as per the findings was that, serious offences such as organized crimes, capital offences and sexual offences were found to have the highest rate of acquittal and withdrawals. The Audit called on the N.C.A.J to capitalize on the recommendations for institutional reforms in policing and prosecution systems.

Latest issue of the ESR Review is now available
Author: Jacob
Published: Mar 14, 2017

This issue includes two features, one explores if the Sustainable Development Goals are human rights-based and the other looks at the link between fundamental, elementary, primary and basic education. There is also an insightful interview with Professor Sandra Liebenberg.