Melanie Lue Dugmore
Melanie Lue Dugmore

Socio-Legal Consultant – South Africa

Born Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Grew up in Swaziland after her parents left South Africa in 1966, later returned to Durban to complete schooling and graduate from University of Natal (as it was known then) with a BA LLB degree.  Started her career in the non governmental sector working on safety and security transformation in South Africa, and subsequently worked in transitional structures, instrumental in the establishment of the new South Africa, such as the Transitional Executive Council (TEC), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Investigation Task Unit which undertook investigations into hit squad activities in Kwa Zulu Natal.  She has also worked in local government, the donor sector, academic and civil society structures. At the South African Human Rights Commission (an NHRI) she worked as a senior manager running one of its provincial offices where she managed human rights investigations, advocacy and educational interventions and drafting of human rights violations findings.

Her areas of work have included: investigations; legal drafting; policy analysis and policy development; strengthening of statutory mechanisms of accountability; institutional transformation, capacity building and training.

Through her work she has had the opportunity of working in a range of sectors focussing on: Human Rights and Governance; Gender; Education; Socio Economic Rights; Safety, Security (law enforcement) and Justice.

She is currently a working on number of human rights initiatives including projects with the African Police Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF).

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