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SA3In preparation of the upcoming 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and the 38th Anniversary of the African Book Fair to be held at #SharmElSheick in Egypt, this week.

Key SADC Delegates met in Johannesburg to present their respective country reports to the Human Rights Institute of South Africa(HURISA) which is also the SADC's Region Focal Point for NGOs participation in Sessions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. 
The SADC Delegation is expected to submit the consolidated report to the African Commission on the status of Human Rights in the SADC Region through HURISA.
Our Information and Documentation Officer #MadalitsoMwenda who is also the Accountability Governance Coordinator and Human Rights Defender(HRD) is on board to the preparatory meeting. 

On Human Rights issues

AD 1ACHPR encourage SADC member state to ratify the Convention on Disappearances and engage other AU organs and bodies to ensure implementation including other regional mechanism.  Regarding persecution of CSOs, journalists, HRDs, SADC states should develop laws for promotion and protection of human rights defenders to operate in conducive environments, that fosters independent operation and without fear. To urgently end crimes against people with albinism and adopt a resolution to foster development of legislative and administrative measures in line with the Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa, 2017-2021 for joint address of discrimination, killings and attacks on persons with albinism. Ensure the Government of Malawi investigate the case of Macdonald Masambuka, Goodson Makanjira,Yasin Phiri and other similar pending cases and bring the perpetrators to justice. The government should scale up the protection of key suspects involved in killing and abduction of People with Albinism.

The recommendations and resolutions reached upon will set better platform for African states to comply to the international obligations on protection of Human and Peoples Rights.

SADCThe Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) wishes to inform the general public, development partners and all stakeholders of the appointment of Mr Michael Simon Kaiyatsa as CHRR’s new Programmes Manager effective 14th March, 2019. Mr Kaiyatsa replaces Mr Patson Gondwe who left CHRR in February, 2019.

Mr. Kaiyatsa brings a wealth of experience to the position having previously worked in management and in areas of research, communication, advocacy and capacity building for many years. Until his appointment, Mr. Kaiyatsa was CHRR’s Senior Programmes Coordinator heading the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Department.

As CHRR builds on its 24 years of experience, Mr. Kaiyatsa’s extensive experience will enable him to lead the programmes team not only in reaching its full potential but also in improving its programming and responsiveness to the needs of communities we serve.

CHRR cordially congratulates Mr Kaiyatsa for the newly assumed position and greatly appreciates the support, guidance, commitment and whole-hearted energy he keeps investing in the growth and sustainability of the organization. CHRR wishes him well in his new role and promises to give him all the support he needs to succeed.  

                                                                                                              Signed:

                                                                                                       Timothy Mtambo

                                                                                                   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEP 1Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in partnership with NEPAD under the Gender and Climate Agricultural Change Support Programme (GCACSP) has added its muscle to transform women group in small scale farming through its project which aims empowering smallholder women farmers in climate-smart agricultural practices to mitigate the impact of climate change. As part of extending its advocacy support for women, CHRR through its Civic Education and Gender Department, distributed assorted garden materials to one of the target beneficiary group, Talandila Small Holder Farmers Women Club. The gardening materials which included holes, watering canes, seedlings and panga knives just to mention a few have been distributed to ease the labour force for the productivity in their gardens. Speaking to the Head of Civic Education for CHRR, Mrs Thandizo Mphwiyo said CHRR was not only looking at an angle of software support for the communities but also the physical support that communities can realize their rights to economic development. “CHRR is impressed with the commitment that the women are showing and we will continue to engage our donor to extend the pilot until the impacts can be realized accordingly” she said.  

NEP 2On her part, chairlady for the women group expressed excitement with the coming of the farm inputs as they added their extra gear to work hard to achieve their goals. She assured CHRR that the women were 100% committed hence their call for the extension of the project. Sharing the same note, Group Village Headman Malowa told CHRR that he will ensure that women get the maximum support in terms of security. He further conceded to that fact that capacity building and material support were both vital for the economic development of the women.                           

CHRR remains one of the leading institutions which have tremendously championed the provision capacity building and material support in its advocacy initiatives. The support is part of its strategic plan which runs from 2016 to 2020.