The aim of the research and advocacy work of the Centre for Human Rights is to make a contribution to the realisation of human rights in Africa and beyond.
Business and Human Rights Unit

Business and Human Rights Unit

Over the course of the past two decades, the field of business and human rights has become an issue of increasing concern to civil society, governments and private actors across the globe.

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Children's Rights Unit

Children's Rights Unit

The Children’s Rights Unit is a pan-African platform established to carry out and support pan-African research in children’s rights, provide capacity strengthening training for government, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, as well as advocate for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Africa.

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Democracy, Transparency & Digital Rights Unit

Democracy, Transparency & Digital Rights Unit

The DTDR Unit is aimed at supporting the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the promotion and protection of Freedom of Expression and Access to information on the continent.

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Disability Rights Unit

Disability Rights Unit

The Disability Rights Unit is committed to finding evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of persons with disabilities on the African continent. This includes conducting research on international disability rights standards and instruments, building capacity among governments, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society and communities, and engaging with judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms.

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Implementation & Litigation Unit

Implementation & Litigation Unit

The aim of the Implementation and Litigation Unit is to examine the factors which impact on human rights law implementation by nine states across Europe (Turkey, Georgia, Czech Republic), Africa (Cameroon, Algeria and Tanzania) and Americas (Colombia, Guatemala, Canada).

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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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Race and Common Citizenship

Race and Common Citizenship Unit

The Unit is established to serve as a forum for providing multi-disciplinary education about race with the objective of promoting the values of equality, human dignity and common citizenship on African continent and more particularly in a South African context.

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Freedom from Violence Unit

Freedom from Violence Unit

The Unlawful Killings Unit, now referred to as the Violence Unit was established in 2014 to research the incidence of unlawful killings across the African continent, working within the Centre for Human Rights and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. Unlawful killings, in this context, are taken to include any killings that violate the right to life and hence are contrary to international law.

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SOGIE

SOGIESC Unit

Established in May 2016, the SOGIESC Unit’s mandate is to advocate for and work towards equality inclusion non-discrimination, non-violence, and non-heterosexism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual persons (LGBTIQ+ persons).

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Advocacy Unit

Advocacy Unit

The Advocacy Unit uses diverse strategies to advocate and campaign for specific human rights issues around Africa. The unit uses photo exhibitions, short films, street marches, social media engagement and more to mobilise communities in demanding for the respect and protection of human rights.

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Women's Rights

Women's Rights Unit

The Unit approaches Women's Rights issues holistically and therefore also includes in its work the protection of the rights of sexual minority groups. It also realises the importance of inter-disciplinary considerations of women's and gender issues and therefore draws from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology in addition to (human rights) law.

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The aim of the research and advocacy work of the Centre for Human Rights is to make a contribution to the realisation of human rights in Africa and beyond.
Business and Human Rights Unit

Business and Human Rights Unit

Over the course of the past two decades, the field of business and human rights has become an issue of increasing concern to civil society, governments and private actors across the globe.

Read more

Children's Rights Unit

Children's Rights Unit

The Children’s Rights Unit is a pan-African platform established to carry out and support pan-African research in children’s rights, provide capacity strengthening training for government, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, as well as advocate for the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Africa.

Read more

Democracy, Transparency & Digital Rights Unit

Democracy, Transparency & Digital Rights Unit

The DTDR Unit is aimed at supporting the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the promotion and protection of Freedom of Expression and Access to information on the continent.

Read more

Disability Rights Unit

Disability Rights Unit

The Disability Rights Unit is committed to finding evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of persons with disabilities on the African continent. This includes conducting research on international disability rights standards and instruments, building capacity among governments, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society and communities, and engaging with judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms.

Read more

Implementation & Litigation Unit

Implementation & Litigation Unit

The aim of the Implementation and Litigation Unit is to examine the factors which impact on human rights law implementation by nine states across Europe (Turkey, Georgia, Czech Republic), Africa (Cameroon, Algeria and Tanzania) and Americas (Colombia, Guatemala, Canada).

Read more

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.

Read more

Race and Common Citizenship

Race and Common Citizenship Unit

The Unit is established to serve as a forum for providing multi-disciplinary education about race with the objective of promoting the values of equality, human dignity and common citizenship on African continent and more particularly in a South African context.

Read more

Freedom from Violence Unit

Freedom from Violence Unit

The Unlawful Killings Unit, now referred to as the Violence Unit was established in 2014 to research the incidence of unlawful killings across the African continent, working within the Centre for Human Rights and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. Unlawful killings, in this context, are taken to include any killings that violate the right to life and hence are contrary to international law.

Read more

SOGIE

SOGIESC Unit

Established in May 2016, the SOGIESC Unit’s mandate is to advocate for and work towards equality inclusion non-discrimination, non-violence, and non-heterosexism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual persons (LGBTIQ+ persons).

Read more

Advocacy Unit

Advocacy Unit

The Advocacy Unit uses diverse strategies to advocate and campaign for specific human rights issues around Africa. The unit uses photo exhibitions, short films, street marches, social media engagement and more to mobilise communities in demanding for the respect and protection of human rights.

Read more

Women's Rights

Women's Rights Unit

The Unit approaches Women's Rights issues holistically and therefore also includes in its work the protection of the rights of sexual minority groups. It also realises the importance of inter-disciplinary considerations of women's and gender issues and therefore draws from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology in addition to (human rights) law.

Read more