International Conference on Minority Rights

2013-11-20
Wouter Wessels

A panel of international experts and prominent South African academics will be participating in a conference on minority rights which the Freedom Front Plus will be hosting on Thursday (21 November 2013) in cooperation with the Unrepresented Peoples Organisation (UNPO) at Parliament in Cape Town.

Speakers will include representatives from the Khoisan, Brown, Barotse and Rehoboth Basters communities.

 

DATE              :                       21 November 2013

 

TIME               :                       10:00

 

VENUE           :                       Old Assembly, Parliament. Cape Town

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

 

Wouter Wessels

082 674 6670

 

Or

 

Pieter Swart

083 419 5403

 

                        CONFERENCE ON MINORITY RIGHTS

 

Hosted by the FF Plus in cooperation with UNPO

 

“Minority Rights – International and South African Constitutional Perspectives”

 

21 November 2013

  

9:30 – 10:15                          Arrival and registration

 

Program Director: Dr. Pieter Groenewald, MP

 

10:30                                      Opening and welcome

 

10:40                                      Introduction to group rights and self-determination – Dr. Pieter   

                                                Mulder, MP: National Leader of the FF Plus

 

11:10                                      Types of accommodation of population diversity – Prof. Deon     

                                                Geldenhuys: Professor in Political Studies, University of                                    

                                                Johannesburg

 

11:40                                      The rights of indigenous groups on the United Nations’ level –  

                                                Dr. Danny Titus: Advisor of the United Nations on Indigenous              

                                                Peoples and part-time Commissioner at the SA Human Rights                        

                                                Commission

 

12:10                                      Panel discussion

 

12:30                                      Khoisan perspective – Mr. Zenzile Khoisan: Editor of First Nation    

                                                News

 

Rehoboth Basters perspective – Mr. Jeroen Zandberg: Representative

                       

Barotse perspective – Prof. Sitwala Imenda: Representative

 

Brown perspective - Mr. Peter Marais: Vice President:                                    

Brown Empowerment Movement

 

13:00 – 14:00                                   LUNCH

 

Program Director: Cllr. André Fourie

 

14:00                                      The functioning and objectives of UNPO – Mr. Marino                     

                                                Busdachin: UNPO Secretary-General

 

14:20                                      Minorities: An uncomfortable reality of South Africa – Mr.             

                                                Pieter Vorster; Chairperson of the Afrikanerbond

 

14:40                                      Constitutional provisions for community rights in South Africa  

                                                – Dr. Christo Landman: Former Section 185 Commissioner

 

15:00                                      Panel discussion

 

15:20                                      TEA

 

15:40                                      Coalitions and minorities – Mr. Mosiuoa Lekota, MP: President of   

                                                COPE – To be confirmed

 

16:00                                      CLOSING - Conclusion – Dr. Corné Mulder, MP: Chief Whip of          

                                                the FF Plus