n Law, Democracy & Development - Editorial

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Crime and criminal violence are probably the most important obstacles to public acceptance of human rights. This can certainly undermine the achievement of a human rights culture in South Africa's young democracy. The University of the Western Cape and the University of Ghent in Belgium hosted a conference on crime and human rights on 28 and 29 July 2000. Judge Pius Langa, Deputy President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the opening address. The focus of the conference was the intersection and tension between crime and human rights in three main areas - policing, the courts, and prisons.

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