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  • UP professor leads process to adopt new UN standards on peaceful assemblies

    Posted on July 29, 2020

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee last week adopted comprehensive standards on the way in which States should deal with peaceful assemblies. These guidelines are authoritative for the 173 States in the world that have ratified the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

  • UP researchers draft new UN standards on use of force by police

    Posted on July 08, 2020

    The United Nations in Geneva has released global standards on the use of force by the police worldwide. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet welcomed the new United Nations Human Rights Guidance on the Use of Less-Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement and urged all states to follow...

  • UP in global top 100 in three Times Higher Education World University Impact Ranking 2019 categories

    Posted on April 24, 2020

    The University of Pretoria (UP) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in three categories of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2019, based on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results were announced earlier this week.

  • Myths and facts about gender-based violence

    Posted on October 23, 2017

    The prevalence of violence against people based on gender in South Africa is unprecedented. According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey, one in five women older than 18 has been victim to physical violence.

  • Queer Spaces will change things at UP

    Posted on August 28, 2017

    David Ikpo writes about the creation of queer spaces at the University as part of the #SpeakOutUP campaign, which aims to encourage a non-sexist, non-discriminatory, working, living and study environment for UP staff and students.

  • Working together is the key to securing the rights of all South Africans

    Posted on April 26, 2017

    While revelling in our glorious past on a day like Freedom Day, we should also reflect on and attend to South Africa's present and future.

  • When the going gets tough, TuksLaw alumnus gets going

    Posted on December 10, 2015

    TuksLaw alumnus Thompson Chengeta was born in Shurugwi, a small town in Zimbabwe. After the death of his father, Thompson had little hope for his future. Against all odds, he did not use his fate and misfortune as a hindrance to achieving success and was determined to change his status from...

  • Research examines SA legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities

    Posted on November 26, 2015

    The Disability Rights Unit in the University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights was recently commissioned to compile a gap-analysis report on South African legislation that impacts the rights of persons with disabilities.

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