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Xenophobia, identity and diversity: Human Rights Dialogues

28 February 2017
12:30 - 14:00


Date: 28 February 2017 

Time:  12h30 – 14h00 

Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town 

The presentation asks what Australian born alternative journalist John Pilger calls ‘the inconvenient truth’?  Why is there an increase in violence and xenophobia in our society, and a growing nationalism? Why are there no ongoing intercultural dialogues and critical cross-cultural projects? These are some of the questions the presentation asks while tracing root causes, as human rights education methodologies create space for such engagements. What is the role of countries that appear to be at peace towards those countries that are in armed conflicts?

Theoretical frameworks of Max Neef’s Wheel of fundamental human needs and  Paulo Freire’s work on Pedagogy of the Oppressed are reminders that human rights education must use the work of progressive revolutionaries for reference  such as Amilcar Cabral, Thomas Sankara, Samora Machel and Steve Biko’s, noting that if discourses speak truth to power it is normal to have casualties in the form of assassinations.

Speaker:  Sarah Motha, FHR Programme  Manager for the Migrants and Refugees Programme, Foundation for Human Rights

Kindly RSVP by 25 February 2017

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

Cape Town : HSRC, 116-118 Merchant House, Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August ,Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299 or e-mail:

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or email: , or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811 or e-mail: or  Valerie Fichardt, Tel: (012) 302 2429 or  e-mail: