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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

#WordMoot2019
#WordMoot2019
The 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is underway at the human rights capital of the world – Geneva, Switzerland.
#blessed
#blessed
You are cordially invited to a dialogue and debate on the many faces of transactional relationships
New Africa Rights Talk episode
New Africa Rights Talk episode
In conversation with Ms Saoyo Tabitha Griffith
Forced sterilisation and the status of women in society
OP-ED BY DANIEL BRADLOW
OP-ED BY DANIEL BRADLOW
Why central banks need to take human rights more seriously
AHRC presents course on Business and Human Rights in Africa
AHRC presents course on Business and Human Rights in Africa
PROGRAMME
PROGRAMME
The programme of the Nelson Mandela #WorldMoot2019 is now available on the website
Black Queer Visibility: Finding Simon
Black Queer Visibility: Finding Simon
The Simon Nkoli Collective invites you to the opening of the photographic exhibition
OP-ED BY Daniel  Bradlow
OP-ED BY Daniel Bradlow
Why the African Monetary Fund is a good idea and what can be done to get it going

Latest Press Statements

Centre for Human Rights welcomes the decision of the High Court of Botswana on decriminalising same-sex sexual acts
13 June 2019
Botswana joins Angola, Mozambique, Seychelles, and South Africa as members of SADC to decriminalise same-sex sexual acts, a progressive outlook for this region.
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Press Statement (13 June 2019)
Centre for Human Rights calls on South African government to enhance the protection for older persons and to ratify the Protocol on Older
6 June 2019
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, calls on the South African government to enhance the protection for older persons; and to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa (Protocol on Older Persons).
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Press Statement (06 June 2019)
Centre for Human Rights condemns internet shutdown in Eritrea
16 May 2019
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria is deeply concerned about the reported blocking of social media by the government of Eritrea to curb an impending demonstration ahead of the country’s Independence Day commemorations. Eritrea is due to celebrate its 26th Independence Day on 24 May 2019.
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Press Statement (16 May 2019)
On worker’s day, Centre for Human Rights calls for a right to work
1 May 2019
It’s Workers Day. What should ordinarily be a working day, is a day off. It is a day to honour those who keep bread on the table, who sacrifice much to hold the body and soul of households together. It is an occasion to salute those who wake up in the dark of the early morning to travel long distances to provide a service as a means to an end: basic survival.
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Press Statement (1 May 2019)
Statement: Centre for Human Rights (NGO enjoying observer status) to the African Commission, at its 64th ordinary session on the situation of human rights in Africa
26 April 2019
Statement by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (NGO enjoying observer status) to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, at its 64th Ordinary Session, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on 26 April 2019, on the situation of human rights in Africa.
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Statement (26 April 2019)
Centre for Human Rights congratulates Kenyan LGBT NGO and calls on national NGO registration institutions in Africa to respect the right of sexual and gender minority groups to register organisations and associations as legal entities
26 March 2019
The Centre for Human Rights (the Centre) congratulates the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) of Kenya and its leadership upon winning the Court of Appeal case, in which the Kenya Non Government Organisations Coordination Board appealed the decision of the Kenya High Court to allow NGLHRC to register under the Kenya Non Government Organisations Coordination Act. The Court of Appeal delivered its decision on Friday 22 March 2019.
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Press Statement (26 March 2019)
Centre for Human Rights at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
18 March 2019
Statement delivered by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
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Statement (18 March 2019)
Centre supports campaign against IAAF regulations against hyper-androgenic women
27 February 2019
The Centre for Human Rights (the Centre), University of Pretoria, fully supports the campaign by the South African Department of Sports and Recreation, against the enforcement of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations against hyper-androgenic women in sports.
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Press Statement (27 February 2019)
Enough talking about gender-based violence. Now it’s time for action
11 February 2019
Civil society organisations working on gender-based violence (GBV) express concern over the slow pace at which the South African Presidency is addressing issues identified at the National Summit against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.
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Press Statement (11 February 2019)
  • Centre for Human Rights welcomes the decision of the High Court of Botswana on decriminalising same-sex sexual acts Press Statement (13 June 2019)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls on South African government to enhance the protection for older persons and to ratify the Protocol on Older Press Statement (06 June 2019)
  • Centre for Human Rights condemns internet shutdown in Eritrea Press Statement (16 May 2019)
  • On worker’s day, Centre for Human Rights calls for a right to work Press Statement (1 May 2019)
  • Statement: Centre for Human Rights (NGO enjoying observer status) to the African Commission, at its 64th ordinary session on the situation of human rights in Africa Statement (26 April 2019)
  • Centre for Human Rights congratulates Kenyan LGBT NGO and calls on national NGO registration institutions in Africa to respect the right of sexual and gender minority groups to register organisations and associations as legal entities Press Statement (26 March 2019)
  • Centre for Human Rights at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child Statement (18 March 2019)
  • Centre supports campaign against IAAF regulations against hyper-androgenic women Press Statement (27 February 2019)
  • Enough talking about gender-based violence. Now it’s time for action Press Statement (11 February 2019)

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