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Tauriq Jenkins

HRD, Chair
A|XARRA Restorative Justice Forum

Tauriq Jenkins is a human rights defenders and active member of the South African civil society. Over the past 15 years, Tauriq Jenkins has been involved with a variety of entities; from chairing on the A|XARRA Restorative Justice Forum, to serving as the convener of the C19 People’s Coalition, a civil society umbrella body of over 400 organisations. He currently convenes the Anti-Repression Working Group that deals with state violence, police and military human rights violations, and municipal law enforcement violations. Tauriq is an accredited South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Section 11, Monitor and the High Commissioner of the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Traditional Indigenous Council. He is the founder of the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa. He is also involved with various civics and environmental bodies such as the Observatory Civic Association, the Two Rivers Urban Park Association and Oude Molen Eco Village.

His work in defence of human rights has been acknowledged by the International Davis Peace Prize for groundbreaking theatre and rehabilitation work in South African prison. He was also received the Mayoral Award for Community Bravery. Tauriq’s work and the recognition he received for it are only one side of the story. Over the course of his years defending the rights of indigenous peoples among others, Tauriq has been the victim of targeted threats on his life, legal threats, sabotage, smear campaigns, and intimidation efforts. Nonetheless he continues his work on matters related Heritage and Environment Protection, Indigenous (San and Khoi) Rights, Anti-Repression, Arts Activism.

The Republic of South Africa voted for the adoption of the resolution on the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th 2015. Nevertheless, HRDs face threats, intimidation, harassment, and physical attacks, sometimes resulting in death, by private individuals and members of the police force. This is especially true for those human rights defenders working on corporate accountability and the impact of extractive industries on local people and the environment. Moreover, suspected perpetrators often go unpunished. There is overwhelming impunity for those who violate the rights of human rights defenders.