2nd Week of the Africa University/ Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Winter School in session

25 October 2021

The 2nd week of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law began in earnest on Monday the 25th of October 2021 with Africa University, the host of the second phase, welcoming students from sister universities in Zimbabwe to its main campus in Mutare Zimbabwe. With the 1st week of the winter school hosted at the Midlands State University in Gweru, the winter school is a collaboration between the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Africa university, Midlands State University, Ezekiel Guti University, Great Zimbabwe University and the University of Zimbabwe with each institution sending students to participate in the workshops.

The 2nd week of the Winter School is being led  by Africa University’s College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance and is hedged against the backdrop of COIVID- 19 and the challenges that the pandemic has posed to democratic processes, civil rights, free movement and voting rights and registration.

Acting VC Rev. Prof. P. Mageto meets with Raoul Wallenberg Institute Program Officer Ms. Emily Hanna during a courtesy call before the beginning of the workshop.

Acting Vice Chancellor Rev. Professor Peter Mageto officially opened the workshop setting the backdrop and context under which the workshop is taking place.

This event comes when the global community including Zimbabwe is going through the challenges posed by Covid-19, a situation which makes the observance of human rights very critical. Those rights are internationally recognized by such instruments as the Universal Declaration of rights, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter among other international, regional and national human rights instruments. Due to the containment measures imposed during Covid-19 we have also seen increased visibility on the international agenda, the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council routinely addressing human rights issues in our respective countries. We are aware that in limiting rights for any reason a balance between the limitation and the enjoyment of the right has to be maintained and I am sure these are some the issues that this Winter School will address.”

Speaking on behalf of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Programme Officer Ms. Emily Hanna said, 

“This section of the winter school is primarily focused on civil and political rights. We have a very interactive and exciting week ahead of us where we shall be exploring the different contexts and interpretations of human rights in the African traditional setting as well as the civil courts in Mutare.”

Site visits to the traditional court of Chief Mutasa of Manicaland and the government courts in the City of Mutare will provide a rich contrast and immersive experience into the legal frameworks in use in the Manicaland Province. The Winter school began on the 18th of October and shall end on the 29th.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is  a research and academic institution with offices, programmes, and convening power covering 40 countries. The institute is named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II.