Posted on April 11, 2018
The Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria, Trine Skymoen, and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), Prof Cheryl de la Rey, renewed the long-standing collaborative partnership between Norway and UP.
Building on two previous periods of support, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Embassy in Pretoria, provided a three-year grant to the University’s Centre for Human Rights.
The aim of this grant is to contribute to the realisation of human rights in Africa by enhancing the capacity of African Union human rights and democracy-related bodies, African states and African civil society.
The grant contributes to the Centre’s programmes and projects, some of which are listed below:
The following are some examples of activities to be undertaken under the grant:
Prof Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights, said: ‘Authoritarian populism is increasingly threatening human rights worldwide – also across Africa. The Centre for Human Rights aims to contribute to reinforcing human rights through education, awareness-raising and strengthening institutions. All this would remain words and ideals in proposals if not supported by partners such as the Norwegian government. Sincere appreciation on behalf of the Centre, the University and everyone benefiting from the grant!’
The Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof Andre Boraine, expressed his deepest gratitude, on behalf of the Faculty of Law, and added: ‘This grant will assist the Faculty in further establishing itself as an internationally acknowledged centre for academic excellence in service of the broader African community.’
The Norwegian government is a long-standing supporter of the ideals of human rights and democracy. It contributed materially and morally to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. On 12 April, the Embassy will host the opening of a permanent exhibition on Norway’s contribution to the South African liberation struggle at Liliesleaf Liberation Centre in Rivonia.
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