As the largest global network of universities involved in human rights education, with a presence in Timor-Leste, the Global Campus of Human Rights wishes to express its solidarity with the people and institutions of Timor-Leste, recently hit by a devastating flood.
This dramatic event has caused extensive damages throughout the country, and claimed the lives of many, including several children, while the count of displaced people is above 10,000.
On Sunday, 28 March, Christof Heyns suddenly and unexpectedly passed away during a hike in his native country South Africa. As founder of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Pretoria and the African Master in Human Rights and Democratisation, he was one of the pioneers and architects of the Global Campus of Human Rights.
The Centre for Human Rights (Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria), together with the Global Campus of Human Rights, is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of the previous Director of the Centre,Professor Christof Heyns. His death is an incredible loss, and he will be truly missed by us and so many others across the world.
In an unprecedentedly challenging year, both for human rights and for us, the Global Campus embraced — and strengthened — its ties as a global network of almost 100 universities, proving that collaborative efforts can take us further.
As of 19 February 2021, a new institution in the field of human rights starts its work. An interdisciplinary team composed by leading Austrian human rights experts safeguards the development of praxis-oriented human rights research.