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Africa’s Democratic Decay

By |2020-09-24T15:13:48+02:00Sep 24th, 2020|Categories: News|

The optimism washed in by the third wave of democracy has seen a receding tide and with it a gradual decay of democratic institutions. Across the continent, we are forced to uncouple the terms ‘democracy’ from ‘freedom’ and ‘democratic institutions’. Whilst many African countries continue to uphold the mirage of an electoral democracy, it takes a [...]

Upcoming Webinar: Education, Racism and Social Cohesion

By |2020-09-22T14:03:18+02:00Sep 22nd, 2020|Categories: Events, News|

IJR is regularly asked to intervene in schools, both public and private, to assist with incidents of racism or persistent structural racism in schools.  It would seem that while the country has a great constitution, the education systems which exist have not been transformed.  We often hear pupils and teachers alike speak of the toxic racial environments [...]

Upcoming Webinar: In Conversation With Communities – Episode 3

By |2020-09-22T12:10:00+02:00Sep 22nd, 2020|Categories: Events, News|

IJR continues its exciting webinar series entitled "In Conversation with Communities" with the upcoming third installment featuring members of the Siyakha Forum. You are welcome to join us on Tuesday 29 September, 2020, 2pm. Link to join: http://ow.ly/wmcy50Bup25

Webinar Series: In Conversation With Communities

By |2020-09-07T12:06:29+02:00Sep 7th, 2020|Categories: Events, News|

We invite you to come and listen to what South Africans on the ground are saying today, and to open yourself to be challenged and inspired by their words. The SCM webinar series will be a culmination of 2-8 years’ of dialoguing, relationship building, and skills capacitation between the SCM project and its various stakeholders, including its IJR [...]

The SADC will regret its approach to Mozambique’s insurgence

By |2020-07-15T11:18:39+02:00Jul 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

On June 25 Mozambique celebrated 45 years of independence from Portugal that came as a result of a combination of factors including the fall of dictatorship in Lisbon through a military coup in 1974 that ended the country’s colonial conquest, and a decade-long liberation struggle led by Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO). Mozambique’s independence [...]

Pandemic-induced human rights violations a double tragedy to humanity

By |2020-07-07T10:32:24+02:00Jul 7th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The dreaded Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the world has already affected all aspects of our lives in ways that are not only still unfolding, but will be with us for a very long time. Coronavirus is spreading across the world at such a ferocious speed that globally almost 11 500 000 have been infected and over [...]

SA is a country of two nations – and evictions lay bare its injustices

By |2020-07-03T14:08:37+02:00Jul 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

Bulelani Qolani was bathing yesterday when he was forcefully removed from his home in Khayelitsha by the anti-land invasion unit of the City of Cape Town. The only discernible difference between the dehumanising evictions that occurred under apartheid and what happened on Wednesday is that the latter was filmed and shared by thousands on social media. Officials' [...]

IJR Media Statement: Dehumanising Evictions in Khayelitsha

By |2020-07-02T15:30:28+02:00Jul 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release 02 July 2020 IJR Media Statement: Dehumanising Evictions in Khayelitsha The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) condemns the dehumanising evictions that have occurred in Khayelitsha over the last two days. In an especially callous incident, the anti-land invasion unit from the City of Cape Town forcefully removed an individual [...]

Rise in forced labour expected amid the Covid-19 economic crisis

By |2020-06-22T14:10:06+02:00Jun 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Against the backdrop of South Africa’s poor economic prognosis, the practice of forced labour is set to rise in the coming months and years. The Covid-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. Forced labour is a type of human trafficking, defined under the Prevention and Combatting of Trafficking in Persons Act. Other types of human trafficking [...]

Media Statement on the Passing of the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza

By |2020-06-10T16:11:57+02:00Jun 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release 10 June 2020 Media Statement on the Passing of the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) would like to express its condolences to the family, friends and compatriots of the outgoing President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza. The government of Burundi announced the passing of [...]