Foundation for Human Rights Community-Based Advice Office Survey, Human Rights Diagnosis: Community Advice Offices and Covid-19

The FHR has recently completed a nation-wide survey of 127 community-based advice offices (CAOs). The survey consolidated the experiences of communities served by CAOs during the lockdown levels 5 and 4, focusing on human rights, access to basic services and the lockdown’s impact on CAOs themselves. The results from the Survey were launched virtually on 09 July 2020 in a form of the webinar hosted on Zoom. A number of distinguished panellist took part in the virtual launch, including: 

• Dr Riina Kionka, the Head of the EU Delegation to South Africa;

• Judge Navi Pillay, South African Jurist and the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights;

• Hon John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development;

• Ms Norea Mmina, Opret Advice Office, Limpopo

• Dr Fikile Nobunkani Vilakazi, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; Covid-19 People’s Coalition 

• Mr Mervyn Abrahams, the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group (see for more information). 

• Ms Tshenolo Tshoaedi, the Executive Director of CAOSA.

To access the findings of the survey, kindly consult the Full Survey Report Covid-19 CAO Survey Full Report_FINAL_WEB.pdf or the Summary Survey Report Covid-19 CAO Survey Short Report_FINAL_WEB.pdf . The key findings from the survey have been also presented in a form of the snapshot Covid-19 CAO Snapshot_FINAL.pdf. Should you wish to find out what our panellists discussed during the launch webinar, kindly consult our webinar report Report from the Webinar FINAL 21July2020.pdf

The reports have been researched and written by: Katarzyna Zduńczyk; Katherine Brown; Bongane Gasela; Zimbali Mncube; Robert John Tyrrell; and Zaid Kimmie.

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