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Don't miss 'Universities and Protests' seminar and launch of Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa by Jane Duncan

Don’t miss ‘Universities and Protests’ seminar and launch of Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa by Jane Duncan

Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South AfricaThe University of Johannesburg and UKZN Press invite you to the launch of Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa by Jane Duncan.

The launch will take place on Thursday, 13 October, at UJ at 3 PM.

The book is published by UKZN Press and examines the regulation of protests in 11 South African municipalities.

Ahead of the launch, Kathleen Hardy will give the fourth commemorative seminar on the Marikana massacre at 1 PM:

Universities and protests: Implications for universities of the United Nations special rapporteurs’ report on freedom of assembly

The seminar is hosted by the UJ Department of Journalism, Film and Television and the Department of Communications.

On 16 August 2012, the police opened fire on striking mineworkers at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana in the North-west Province of South Africa, and scores of mineworkers were killed. This is the fourth seminar being held to commemorate this event.

In March 2016, the Human Rights Council released a report on the proper management of assemblies, written by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. This report set out fundamental human rights principles for governments to protect and promote freedom of assembly.

The #feesmustfall protests have shaken the country, and led a nationwide debate about the feasibility of free education. There are also major controversies about violence in protests and the deployment of police and private security guards on campus. What are the implications of this report for South African universities? This seminar will address this question. Kathleen Hardy’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.

Kathleen Hardy is a senior legal officer at the South African Human Rights Commission, and has also worked for the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa and the Centre for Applies Legal Studies. Kathleen has consulted for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteurs who drafted the report on the management of assemblies.

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