Give transparency on dismissal of Vinodh Jaichand, Human Rights Law Professor

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Professor of Human Rights Law Vinodh Jaichand, an internationally respected human rights scholar, lawyer and academic, was unfairly dismissed from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is known for his stand against racism and for transformation at the University of Witwatersrand

Professor Jaichand was the first black, male head of the Law School in the history of Wits, that is, in more than 95 years. After three years into his appointment, he was dismissed following spurious allegations of financial mismanagement and an internal inquiry process which lacked transparency and in which Professor Jaichand was not granted the right to defend himself. He has been denied access to his computer so that he can disprove the allegations.

Jaichand held the position of Dean and Head of the Law School at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg since August 2013. Prior to that for nine years, he was the Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Vinodh was highly regarded among students and colleagues in every University he taught and is a recognised authority in human rights studies. He has won numerous awards including the National University of Ireland Galway President's Award for Teaching Excellence for 2010-2011. 

Hundreds of people - his family and friends, former students and colleagues, academics and scholars, human rights lawyers and activists from all over the world are OUTRAGED by the way he was treated. 

We demand the University of Witwatersrand to provide transparency to the process, to initiate an independent inquiry on the dismissal and to allow Professor Jaichand a fair opportunity to restore his dignity and professional reputation. 

We stand up for Vinodh!

 



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