The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a virtual panel discussion on COVID-19 and Human Rights: Perspectives on Socio-economic Rights and Violence.
Date: Monday, 7 December 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Webinar via Zoom
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Requirements: Stable internet access. More details will be communicated to registered participants closer to the date.
South Africa, like other countries worldwide, was forced to impose lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 since March 2020. While the measures taken by the government aided in slowing down the spread of the pandemic, they have had far-reaching consequences for a range of socio-economic rights, such as the rights to education, food, and work. They have also had serious consequences for civil and political rights, including through a rise in the levels of domestic violence, and because of the use of force by law enforcement officials in imposing these measures. This panel discussion will explore the impact of COVID-19 on socio-economic human rights and violence faced by citizens.
Prof Christof Heyns, Professor of Law, University of Pretoria, MASSAf and Member of the U.N. Human Rights Committee
Prof Rachel Jewkes, Executive Scientist: Research Strategy, South African Medical Research Council
Prof Sandy Liebenberg, HF Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Stellenbosch and Vice- President, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Prof Christopher Mbazira, Professor of Law, Makarere University, Uganda