Human rights: UKZN to host conference

2011-11-01 00:00

CELEBRATING diversity and achieving social justice through human rights education is the theme of the second International Conference on Human Rights Education taking place in Durban from November 14 to 16.

The conference is being hosted by University of KwaZulu-Natal’s faculty of law.

The dean, Professor Managay Reddi, said widespread human rights education is critical in promoting initiatives that strengthen human rights protection.

She said that although South Africa’s Constitution is globally recognised as an “exemplar of respect for the fundamental rights and freedom of all human beings”, there is a disconnection between constitutionally guaranteed rights and the actual enjoyment of these rights.

One of the speakers at the conference will be the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Yasmin Sooka.

The inaugural conference was hosted by the University of Western Sydney last year.

Reddi said about 200 delegates from around the world are expected to attend.

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