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Who decides the common good?

By |2020-04-03T10:15:04+02:00Apr 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|

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 of the United States from 1809 [...]

Army, police may help stop the spread of Covid-19, but we must stay watchful of Big Brother

By |2020-04-02T15:29:18+02:00Apr 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

Like the fall of the Berlin wall or the stock market crash of 2008, the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a pandemic that will likely have shattering and long-lasting consequences. This much is certain: the virus has devastated lives, disrupted markets and revealed to us the competence (or lack thereof) of governments around the world. Moreover, it [...]

South Africa’s lockdown may push Zimbabwe to the edge

By |2020-03-30T18:08:16+02:00Mar 30th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

As South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown comes into effect, the ramifications of this decision will be felt strongly across the Southern African region, most acutely by its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe. Although the unprecedented decision to lockdown Africa’s most advanced economy comes with serious consequences, it was largely welcomed as a necessary short-term move for the ultimate long-term [...]

We have to ramp up safeguards for the most vulnerable if we are to overcome pandemics like Covid-19

By |2020-03-30T18:08:19+02:00Mar 27th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

As South Africa braces itself for a lockdown due to the Covid-19 or coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans that the country is prepared for the pandemic and that it has been for some time. Whilst the affluent retreat into the comfort of their homes, to self-isolate, work from home, and stock up on various [...]

Human Rights Day reminds us of our progress and failures

By |2020-03-23T08:39:13+02:00Mar 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

What do we mean when we think about human rights? In The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, United States historian Samuel Moyn suggests that, “when people hear the phrase ‘human rights,’ they think of the highest moral precepts and political ideals” and the term brings to mind “a familiar set of indispensable liberal freedoms”. Human rights [...]

Trust in the time of Covid-19 – do we believe the state can handle the outbreak?

By |2020-03-30T18:08:35+02:00Mar 19th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

"The world is facing a medical emergency far graver than what we have experienced in over a century." These were the strong words that President Cyril Ramaphosa used in his address to the nation on Sunday evening to announce government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Much about the virus remains uncertain, but we know that it [...]

IJR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES 

By |2020-03-30T18:08:28+02:00Mar 17th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

In light of the severe impact of the COVID-19 virus and, in an effort to assist in reducing its spread, IJR staff will during the coming month, starting on the 18th of March, work remotely from their homes. A skeleton staff will during this period operate from the office in order to deal with urgent matters. [...]

The NHI could provide a dose of social justice for South Africa

By |2020-03-16T12:58:02+02:00Mar 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

The recent State of the Nation address gave President Cyril Ramaphosa the opportunity to confirm the vision of the rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI). Equity, access, rights and participation are core elements of social justice that are essential to health promotion. The NHI presents a prime opportunity to improve social justice across South Africa, but in its current [...]

Burundi’s 2020 elections: What is at stake?

By |2020-03-10T15:43:36+02:00Mar 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

In May 2020, Burundians will be casting their vote in a ballot that will see a new president elected, replacing the incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza. The 2015 elections were preceded by violent street riots that culminated in a failed military coup and increased political tensions. In the aftermath of the coup, members of the civil society called [...]

Climate change is fuelling social tensions and conflict

By |2020-03-09T15:36:24+02:00Mar 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

Climate change has wreaked havoc across the world — and Africa is likely to be worst hit by its destructive consequences. There have been droughts, floods, cyclones and locusts, all of which have placed a strain on natural resources.  Climate change causes land degradation, which is exacerbated in some countries by increased population growth and urbanisation. [...]