Sanji Monageng, Commissioner at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Spends 8-Day Residency at Brandeis

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life had the honor to host Commissioner Sanji Mmasenono Monageng of Botswana at Brandeis from September 14 to 22. In addition to participating in the Center's conference, "Telling the Story: Power and Responsibility in Documenting Human Rights Violations," Ms. Monageng addressed a number of student groups on campus and spoke at the African Studies Center of Boston University and Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge. Her visit to the Boston area was funded through a generous grant from the Curtis International Council Fund of the Boston Foundation.

Ms. Monageng was appointed as a commissioner in the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in July 2003, where she is the focal person for the prevention of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, or punishment. The African Commission, established in 1986, is charged with ensuring the promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights throughout the African continent.

Ms. Monageng is also the chief executive of the Law Society of Botswana and sits on numerous boards, including the National Broadcasting Board of Botswana, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, and the Human Rights Trust of Southern Africa. She chairs the Ethics, Law, and Human Rights sector of the national AIDS Council in Botswana and is a member of the International Bar Association. She was also recently made a Trustee of the Southern Africa Litigation Center, a center responsible for mentoring lawyers who litigate on human rights and public interest cases in national courts and international courts. Over the years, Ms. Monageng has acquired experience in a variety of subjects, including women's and children's issues.