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CSPRI drives SA civil society in writing the ICCPR shadow report

On 27 January 2016, Dullah Omar Institute’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI) unit hosted a civil society workshop aimed at compiling a shadow report to South Africa’s State Report and their response to the List of Issues on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right (ICCPR) which was submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee respectively on 26 November 2014 and 3 December 2015. The meeting was a great opportunity to co-ordinate the drafting of thematic shadow reports by identifying key issues to be addressed.

Jan 29, 2016

Kenya/SA book on devolution published

The Dullah Omar Institute in partnership with the Katiba Institute in Kenya published a book titled Kenyan-South African Dialogue on Devolution. This book includes South African and Kenyan chapters on the reasons for devolution; the levels, number, size and character of devolution units; the demarcation of devolution units; political structures; powers and functions; finances; metropolitan governance; intergovernmental relations; marginalised groups; and transitional arrangements.

Jan 28, 2016

SA civil society finalises alternate report to UNCROC

On 20 January, the Dullah Omar Institute’s Women and Democracy Initiative organised a meeting for South African Alternate Report Coalition (SAARC) to agree on the main points for the presentation to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The meeting was followed by a smaller meeting of those who will be going to Geneva in February to introduce them to child participants.

Jan 22, 2016

Dullah Omar Institute scholars contribute to a book on devolution in Kenya

Profs Nico Steytler and Jaap de Visser wrote comparative chapters for the recently published book by the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), in collaboration with the Kenyan Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) and the Katiba Institute. The book unpacks the role of the Kenyan judiciary in implementing devolution.

Jan 21, 2016

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Dullah Omar Institute unveiled

The University of the Western Cape's law centre has been renamed in honour of the late struggle stalwart and human rights lawyer, Dullah Omar. The Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights was unveiled on Wednesday... http://owl.li/R88QK

Children's Rights | Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative | Multi Level government initiative
Women and Democracy Initiative | Socio Economic Rights | SA Research Chair