| TRIBUTE | Human rights attorney Christof Heyns: Frequently better than lifestyles

Christof Heyns UN Special Raporteur on Extrajudicial Summary and Arbitrary Executions, addresses journalists.

Christof Heyns UN Special Raporteur on Extrajudicial Summary and Arbitrary Executions, addresses journalists.

Stellenbosch College Professor Sandy Liebenberg will pay tribute to human rights attorney Christof Heyns, who died on Sunday extinct 62.

Dear household, friends and colleagues of Christof Heyns at UP Laws School and the Centre for Human Rights,

I would accumulate to notify my deepest condolences to all of you on Christof’s premature passing. My coronary heart and suggestions exit in particular to Christof’s household throughout this time of deep sorrow and mourning.

It became once with a technique of mammoth shock and disbelief that I heard the suggestions from Ann Skelton on Sunday afternoon that Christof had died that morning. We had been in contact on Friday by WhatsApp and had organized to possess lunch collectively in the Botanical Gardens in Stellenbosch on Monday. Unfortunately, this assembly (which I became once vastly taking a gawk ahead to) couldn’t occur attributable to the tragic conditions.

It is with mammoth shock, bereavement and sadness that the School of Laws (UP Laws) on the College of Pretoria (UP) has bought the suggestions of the passing these days (28 March 2021) of 1 in all its internationally esteemed and stalwart colleagues and friends, Professor Christof Heyns.

— UP Laws (@UPLawFaculty) March 28, 2021

I primarily possess a prolonged history with Christof, going support to the length of the drafting of the Constitution when he became once very supportive of the speculation of including socio-financial rights in the Bill of Rights, a mission I became once obsessed with. He proposed that, alongside judicial enforcement, the SA Human Rights Rate must be given a notify characteristic in the Constitution in monitoring the realisation of these rights. This proposal came throughout its device into the Constitution, and is mirrored in Section 183(3) (what Christof continuously known as “the domestic reporting path of”).

Instructing and seminars

Later, when I became once co-coordinator of the Socio-Financial Rights Project on the Neighborhood Laws Centre (now Dullah Omar Institute) at UWC, we collaborated alongside with Danie Worth on producing a quarterly e-newsletter on socio-financial rights, ESR Assessment (which is aloof being produced). Alongside others, Christof and I worked carefully with the SA Human Rights Rate to conceptualise how they’d fulfil their mandate with regards to socio-financial rights.

Over the years, Christof and I kept in contact, and he and Frans Viljoen enthusiastic me in instructing and seminars of the Centre for Human Rights once rapidly.

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Alternatively, in particular in the closing four years, when I became once serving on the UN Committee on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights, and he became once he became once serving on the UN Human Rights Rate, we obtained to pass looking out extra of every other – ironically in Geneva. Christof became once very supportive to me in my new characteristic, and helped notify me the ropes. I became once deeply impressed by his dedication and dedication to the motive for advancing human rights internationally. I fancy many staunch memories of Christof throughout this era, including many laughs shared.

Christof gradually regarded better than lifestyles, brimming with suggestions and vitality. Even supposing he became once a consummate student, and on the cutting fringe of regional and world human rights developments, he became once form, mild and affected person with all individuals who crossed his path. I in particular admired his dedication to coaching and mentoring the youthful generation in human rights by device of, as an illustration, the African and Colleges moot court docket competitions.

Massive contribution

He made an inestimable contribution to analyze, instructing and the observe of human rights in South Africa, the African continent and internationally. His work can possess an enduring impact and encourage many generations to reach support.

Christof will seemingly be sorely uncared for, and I retain all of you in my suggestions throughout this very worthy length of coming to phrases alongside with his loss of life.

– Sandy Liebenberg is HF Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Laws on the College of Stellenbosch Laws School.

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