Quote of the week

An ‘important purpose of section 34 [of the Constitution] is to guarantee the protection of the judicial process to persons who have disputes that can be resolved by law’ and that the right of access to court is ‘foundational to the stability of an orderly society. It ensures the peaceful, regulated and institutionalised mechanisms to resolve disputes, without resorting to self-help. The right of access to court is a bulwark against vigilantism, and the chaos and anarchy which it causes. Construed in this context of the rule of law and the principle against self-help in particular, access to court is indeed of cardinal importance’.The right guaranteed s34 would be rendered meaningless if court orders could be ignored with impunity:the underlying purposes of the right — and particularly that of avoidance of self-help — would be undermined if litigants could decide which orders they wished to obey and which they wished to ignore.

Plasket AJ
Victoria Park Ratepayers' Association v Greyvenouw CC and others (511/03) [2003] ZAECHC 19 (11 April 2003)
19 July 2013

Press conference to announce unprecedented global UN public education campaign on gay and lesbian equality

    UNITED NATIONS MEDIA ADVISORY 

Press conference to announce unprecedented global United Nations public education campaign for LGBT equality with

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Justice Edwin Cameron


WHEN:          Friday, 26 July 2013, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHO:             Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

            Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

            Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court

 

WHAT: Press conference announcing the launch of Free & Equal, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.  A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office being implemented in partnership with the Purpose Foundation, Free & Equal will raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people.  This timely and significant campaign will engage millions people around the world in conversations that will help promote the fair treatment of LGBT people everywhere.

 

WHERE: The Pavilion Conference Centre, Clock Tower Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

 

WHY: In December 2011, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published the first official UN report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. More than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more, discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including in the workplace and in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions. This special event will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia.

Note to broadcasters: The event will be recorded and footage made available through UNifeed.

Please confirm attendance with Sudeshan Reddy at sudeshan.reddy@unic.org

Media contacts:
Jackie Yodashkin, Free & Equal, 917-620-4502info@unfe.org
Sudeshan Reddy, sudeshan.reddy@unic.org
 , +27 (0)82 563 5286

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