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Book on Human Rights in Africa launched Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya, on Monday evening launched a book on human rights in Africa at the University of Pretoria, at the 17th African Human Rights MootCourt Competition which was attended by representatives of 73 African universities from 28 countries in Africa. The book, Compendium of key human rights documents of the African Union, is published by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), in English, French, Arabic and Portugese versions. It covers the main human rights texts of the African Union. Ms Julia Joiner, a member of the African Union Commission (or cabinet) wrote the introduction. The book is used by law faculties across Africa, and is also prescribed at many overseas universities, including Oxford. The launch of the Compendium in four languages celebrated the latest of about 20 books that have been published by PULP, one of the only law publishers operating at a law faculty anywhere in the world. Dr Skweyiya handed a copy of the 4-language edition to Professor Robin Crewe, Vice-Principal at the University of Pretoria. Participants in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition argue a hypothetical human rights case before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in three of the African Union’s languages – English, French and Portuguese. Each participant has received a copy, and many are already making use of this source during the course of their pleadings. The Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof Christof Heyns, who is one of the editors of the book, has said: 'We are very proud of this publication. Earlier versions have been around for years, and are used in the majority of law faculties in Africa, by the courts, and by the African Union and civil society structures. The fact that it is now available in the four main languages of the African Union means that we can literally be on the same page about human rights in Africa. We have donors who assist us in distributing large quantities of the book across the African continent, which means that it has a very wide impact." For further information on the publication, and for complementary copies, contact Lizette Besaans, Manager, PULP at or +27 12 420-4948 For electronic versions of this and other PULP publications, see

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