Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
15 May 2012

Internships at Human Rights Commission

INTERNSHIPS

 The SAHRC is currently inviting applications for postgraduate law students to apply for internships at the Western Cape Office of the South African Human Rights Commission.

 

Requirements:

An appropriate four-year legal qualification with courses preferably in:

  • Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Criminal

Law and Interpretation of Statutes;

  • ·                Knowledge of Human Rights Law;
    • Knowledge of Constitutional developments;
    • Relevant practical experience would be a recommendation;
    • The applicant should have computer word processing skills.

 

SPECIFIC ATTRIBUTES

Very specific attributes required are as follows:

 

ABSOLUTE commitment to the success of the Commission

  • Reliability
  • Tact
  • Organised
  • Integrity
  • Good Team Player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Networking skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Pro active
  • Innovative
  • Can handle pressure
  •  Punctual and able to meet deadlines
  • Assertive
  • Computer literacy and good knowledge and experience of IT systems
  • Enthusiasm to learn

 

We would appreciate if you advise students of this opportunity.

 

Ability to speak isiXhosa will be an advantage.

 

Interested students are invited to contact our offices for further information.

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