The Global Campus of Human Rights expresses its deep regret and profound sorrow for the loss of Professor Emerita Dimitra Papadopoulou, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who passed away on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Climate change has been identified by United Nations’ agencies and experts as one of the biggest threats to children’s health. Globally, children are being detrimentally affected by climate shocks (e.g. droughts, floods, cyclones) and related diseases, polluted air, soil and water, exposure to toxic substances. Despite contributing the least to the causes of climate change, children are the worst affected by it, right now and in the future.
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.