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The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was launched in the year 2000, in the aftermath of South Africa´s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The aim was to ensure that lessons learnt from South Africa´s transition from apartheid to democracy were taken into account as the nation moved ahead. Today, the Institute helps to build fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa through carefully selected engagements and interventions. >>

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UPCOMING EVENT: Responses, interventions and the political will needed to address xenophobia in South Africa : 2015-04-17

Amidst the current spate of violent attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the IJR will host a public debate to interrogate responses, interventions and the political will needed to address the xenophobic crisis. Through this event, the IJR hopes to raise public awareness about xenophobia and offer an opportunity to debate the dynamics and drivers of the crisis. The panel will consist of stakeholders who were involved in addressing the xenophobic crisis that hit the Western Cape in 2008, as well as stakeholders from community leadership, government, civil society, including organisations working with refugees in Cape Town, as well as a Western Cape government representative who will offer perspective on the crisis. 

Date:      Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Time:      18h00 - 20h00
Venue:    IJR offices, 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town

To confirm your attendance, please send an email, including your full name and contact details to:

Free parking will be available at the Jewish Museum, located opposite the IJR offices.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: In solidarity with Rhodes Must Fall and related movements : 2015-04-01

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) expresses its support for the student-led call for the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue from the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus. Well beyond the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, we recognise this movement as a call for more urgent and meaningful commitment to national transformation – of physical spaces, institutional access and employment equity, amongst others. South Africa’s Constitutional vision of a non-sexist, non-racist society cannot be realised until we, as a country, and the African continent as a whole, more deliberately challenge the lingering effects of slavery, colonialism and apartheid – legacies which continue to restrain our progress towards the kind of society we aspire to.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: Healing communities, transforming society: Exploring the interconnectedness between psycho-social needs, practice, and peace-building : 2015-03-03

Despite the urgent need for peace building as well as mental health and psycho-social support related interventions in post-conflict societies, the nexus and linkage between these two fields remains under-researched and poorly understood. While both fields contribute vital services to affected communities, their work takes place largely in isolation of one another.

As such, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, in partnership with the Netherlands-based War Trauma Foundation will be hosting a three-day conference at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa on 6, 7 and 8 May 2015.

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For further questions, please email Friederike Bubenzer: fbubenzer@ijr.org.za.


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