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Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is an internationally recognised university-based institution combining academic excellence and effective activism to advance human rights, particularly in Africa. It aims to contribute to advancing human rights, through education, research and advocacy.

Latest News

Special Rapporteur visits Nigeria
Special Rapporteur visits Nigeria
African Commission’s Special Rapporteur visits Nigeria to promote access to information ahead of 2019 general elections
 Westminster Foundation for Democracy
Westminster Foundation for Democracy
“Influencing Policy for Social, Political, and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Mozambique”
development of persons with albinism
development of persons with albinism
The Disability Rights Unit participated in the roundtable on the development of an integrated plan to protect, promote and uphold the rights of persons with albinism
International Day of Older Persons
International Day of Older Persons
The Centre for Human Rights, joins others in commemorating the International Day of Older Persons.
 Helen Kanzira Lecture
Helen Kanzira Lecture
President of Supreme Court of Appeal Maya delivers Helen Kanzira Lecture on maternal health at University of Venda
Call for papers
Call for papers
Queer Visualities: African Perspectives, Other Perspectives.

The recent surge in scholarship on queer African visuality has brought into sharp focus the queer somapolitics of body-technics-visuality technology assemblages.
Transformation towards Gender Equality and Agenda 2030
Transformation towards Gender Equality and Agenda 2030
A conversation about innovative approaches to break the cycle of violence against women.
Advanced Human Rights Course
Advanced Human Rights Course
CHR, AMSHeR and APCOF facilitated a dialogue between police officers, researchers and human rights defenders.

Latest Press Statements

Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission visit as opportunity to clarify South African government’s position on interference with Commission’s independence
05 September 2019
This visit, which takes place from 3 to 8 September 2018, aims to raise awareness about the African human rights system, established under the African Union(AU), and to provide a forum for dialogue about the state of human rights in South Africa.
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West African experts call for ratification of Older Persons' Protocol
09 August 2018
Press Statement: The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in partnership with HelpAge Global Network in Africa and Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa, is organizing Policy Dialogue with Key Government Institutions including the African Union Social Affairs Department responsible for coordination and ratification of the African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Older Persons
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Press Statement (09 June 2018)
Civil society organisations and Trade Unions in South Africa join calls for immediate and decisive action to end violence against women
25 July 2018
Civil society organizations in South Africa comprised of a broad collective of human rights and women’s rights organizations and Trade Unions add their voice to the call for immediate and decisive action towards ending violence against women in South Africa.
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Press Statement (25 July 2018)
Eritrea: UN expert says embracing human rights vital to shape successful future
26 June 2018
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea expressed concern that patterns of violations identified over the past six years persist, namely arbitrary and incommunicado detention, indefinite military/national service amounting to forced labour and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms.
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Press Statement (26 June 2018)
Centre for Human Rights & Centre for Child Law call on the government of South Africa to “leave no child behind”
15 June 2018
On 16 June 2018, Africa commemorates the Day of the African Child 2018 under the theme “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. This year’s theme aims to target children who are not benefitting from Africa’s growth and development. African countries are challenged to ensure that children are at the centre and not left behind in the drive towards sustainable economic development.
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Press Statement (15 June 2018)
  • Centre for Human Rights welcomes African Commission visit as opportunity to clarify South African government’s position on interference with Commission’s independence
  • West African experts call for ratification of Older Persons' Protocol Press Statement (09 June 2018)
  • Civil society organisations and Trade Unions in South Africa join calls for immediate and decisive action to end violence against women Press Statement (25 July 2018)
  • Eritrea: UN expert says embracing human rights vital to shape successful future Press Statement (26 June 2018)
  • Centre for Human Rights & Centre for Child Law call on the government of South Africa to “leave no child behind” Press Statement (15 June 2018)

Academic Programmes

Academic programmes presented by the Centre for Human Rights:
HRDA

HRDA

LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa
The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a prestigious one-year intensive course where 25-30 exceptional individuals spend 6 months in Pretoria and 6 months at one of the 13 partner universities all over Africa.

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TILA

TILA

LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa)
The LLM degree in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa is a higher education and training programme based in, and focused on, Africa with full exposure to the international world of trade and investment.

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SRRA

SRRA

LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa)
The Master's degree (LLM/MPhil) in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa is a two-year programme that is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria.

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MDHR

MHR

LLM/MPhil (Multidisciplinary Human Rights)
The LLM/MPhil degree in Multidisciplinary Human Rights gives students from various disciplines the opportunity to engage with human rights issues from a number of perspectives. This programme is for lawyers and non-lawyers.

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DRIA

DRIA

LLM/MPhil (Disability Rights in Africa)
The two-year programme is offered as a hybrid teaching approach comprising online interaction and residential face-to-face weeks in Pretoria. Two face-to-face sessions will be scheduled every year. The first face-to-face session is in December 2018.

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Education Projects

The Centre presents annually a number of short courses, two moot court competitions and a conference:
AHRC

AHRC

Advanced Human Rights Courses
The Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC) programme consists of annual advanced short courses dealing with issues pertinent to human rights, development and good governance in Africa.

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AHRMCC

AHRMCC

African Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The annual African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa.

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NMWMCC

NMWMCC

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an annual event and is open to both undergraduate and master's degree law students.

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Annual Conference

Conferences

Annual Conference
The Disability Rights Unit at Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, hosts an annual conference on disability rights in an African context during the first week of November.

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Research Units

Research Units

Overview of our Units

The Centre for Human Rights hosts a number of Research Units whose main objectives are to do research in their prospective fields.

Most Units have a short course, a clinical group and a resource database linked to the Unit. Focus areas include freedom of expression and access to information, business and human rights, children's rights, disability rights, women's rights, litigation, race and common citizenship, sexual orientation and gender and identity expression and unlawful killings.

Overview of our Units

Associated Institutes / Units

IDLU

IDLU

International Development Law Unit
The International Development Law Unit (IDLU) presents the LLM (International Trade and Investment Law in Africa) and its mission is to conduct and promote policy-oriented legal research on international development law topics.

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ICLA

ICLA

Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
The Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA) aims to become a first port of call for those who wish to engage in legal research and legal reform in Africa involving comparative or international law at the advanced level.

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Publications

AHRLJ

AHRLJ

African Human Rights Law Journal

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ADRY

ADRY

African Disability Rights Yearbook

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Awards & Prizes

UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, with particular recognition for the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa
2006
2006
UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
African Union Human Rights Prize
In 2012, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the 2012 African Union Human Rights Prize, in recognition of the Centre's contribution to the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.
2012
2012
African Union Human Rights Prize