More than 400 delegates from more than 120 countries gathered Tuesday at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg for the opening of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Congress.
The two-day forum, taking place under the theme “Fighting Back for Human Rights”, will see more than 178 organizations coming together for the 39th FIDH congress, which is being held in South Africa for the first time.
This is the third time the organization has decided to hold the congress in Africa, after Dakar in 1997 and Casablanca in 2001.
The FIDH decided to hold the conference in this country because it “plays a growing and key role at continental level, and at same time has to cope with major internal challenges”.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), in collaboration with the FIDH and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), is developing guidelines to combat sexual violence and its consequences in Africa.
Johannesburg ACHPR President Pansy Tlakula has also stressed that as they are grateful that FIDH and LHR are being proactive in identifying issues that the guidelines seek to address.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK