Glaring climate change omissions in the African Union’s Transitional Justice Policy

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Effects of climate change are being felt all over the planet albeit in an asymmetrical manner. For a long period of time Africa has been enduring climate crisis more than any other continent mainly because of its dependence on rainfall for agricultural [...]

By |May 4th, 2020|Categories: News|

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the shadow pandemic of patriarchal GBV rages unchecked

The stories follow a script: countries declare a nationwide lockdown and within days helplines are inundated with complaints of domestic violence. We saw this in China, Brazil, Italy and more recently South Africa where 87,000 grievances were reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS) during the first week of lockdown. Frequently referred [...]

By |Apr 29th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Global virus proves we are one

The devastating and wide-ranging effects of Covid-19 have caused the disruption of human society on a global scale. The disease does not discriminate against its victims on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, religion or affluence and it has fuelled global pandemonium. As an initial reaction, governments called on [...]

By |Apr 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

IJR Media Statement: Regarding the Strandfontein Temporary Homeless Shelter

Attention All Media Houses: For Immediate Release 17 April 2020 IJR Media Statement: Regarding the Strandfontein Temporary Homeless Shelter The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation would like to express its concern about recent reports describing the resettlement of homeless people at a temporary shelter Strandfontein, Cape Town. The homeless population [...]

By |Apr 17th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Covid-19 pandemic is not an excuse to trample on human rights

The dreaded Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe 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. It is spreading across the world at such a ferocious speed that in only four months it has infected [...]

By |Apr 16th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

PRESS RELEASE: IJR publishes policy brief on public use of and trust in news sources

Attention Media Houses: For Immediate Release: Monday, 4 April 2020 PRESS RELEASE: IJR PUBLISHES POLICY BRIEF ON PUBLIC USE OF AND TRUST IN NEWS SOURCES To inform communication strategies during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has published a new policy brief on South Africans’ use [...]

By |Apr 6th, 2020|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: |

Why total lockdown is a huge challenge for many of African cities?

Locking down entire cities and limiting movements of millions of people across the globe appears as one of the efficient strategies in efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19. However, in the African context of informal economies, uncontrolled settlements, weak or inexistent health infrastructures as well as food insecurity, [...]

By |Apr 6th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Who decides the common good?

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), lawyer and statesman who championed Irish liberties. "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” — James Madison, the fourth president [...]

By |Apr 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Supporting Local Peacebuilding Initiatives in the Central African Republic

Former IJR Executive Director Dr Fanie Du Toit addresses trainees at a January 2020 workshop in Bangui,Central African Republic. Part of IJR and In Transformation Initiative's (ITI) collaborative efforts to strengthen the capacity of the country's Local Peace and Reconciliation Committee Network. Since independence, the Central African Republic [...]

By |Apr 3rd, 2020|Categories: Newsletter|
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