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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.

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Latest News

Invitation: Centre@35 Forum
Invitation: Centre@35 Forum
The Centre invites its staff, students, graduates, partners, friends, donors and other stakeholders to the Centre@35 Forum
Press Statement
Press Statement
Centre for Human Rights concerned about reports of arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions in Ethiopia
Call for Applications
Call for Applications
Research assistants for the Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit
Disability Rights Conference
Disability Rights Conference
CHR successfully hosts 9th Annual Disability Rights in Africa conference online
Annual Report 2020
Annual Report 2020
Despite the challenges that came with the pandemic, Centre staff adjusted with imagination and enthusiasm exploring new ways of doing things and growing.
Virtual Book Launch
Virtual Book Launch
PULP invites you to the virtual book launch of the French translation of Albie Sachs’ book The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law translated and commented by Christine Schurmans
ACCA Elects New Steering Committee
ACCA Elects New Steering Committee
ACCA is pleased to announce the new members of its Steering Committee, elected at the 7th General Assembly of the ACCA
Tree Planting and Memorial Publication
Tree Planting and Memorial Publication
In honour of the late Prof Christof Heyns, the Centre for Human Rights held a tree-planting ceremony
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Latest Press Statements

Centre for Human Rights concerned about reports of arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions in Ethiopia
1 December 2022
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (Centre) is concerned about the arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions of people in Ethiopia, including academics and humanitarian workers. Authorities in Ethiopia are targeting people based on ethnic origin and political persuasion after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) threatened to invade Addis Ababa.
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Press Statement (1 December 2022)
Centre for Human Rights calls for an end to impunity and demands immediate restoration of civilian regime in Sudan
03 November 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is deeply concerned about the recent military takeover in Sudan following authorities' demands to hand over to a civilian-led government and pro-democracy protests in the nation.
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Press Statement (03 November 2021)
The African human rights system celebrates 40 years of successes and challenges
22 October 2021
To celebrate Africa Human Rights Day, 21 October, the South African Human Rights Commission, HURISA and the Centre for Human Rights, organised a joint webinar to take stock of achievements and challenged that have arisen during the 40 years since the Charter's adoption in 1981.
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Press Statement (22 October 2021)
Centre for Human Rights publishes photobook series featuring photographs and narratives of the lives of LGBTIQ+ persons living in South Africa
15 October 2021
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, has launched a new photobook series titled Looking through the prism: Narratives of queer dignity in South Africa featuring photographs and narratives of the lives of LGBTIQ+ persons living in South Africa. Volume 1 of the series has been published online this October, which is also the South African Pride Month, commemorating the anniversary of the first Lesbian and Gay Pride March in Africa and held in October 1990 in Johannesburg.
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Press Statement (15 October 2021)
Launch of the Children’s Privacy Guidelines for Online Service Providers
15 September 2021
The Model Guidelines is a set of principle statements and recommendations on how online service providers provide for children’s privacy at the design stage of online products and services.
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Press Statement (15 September 2021)
This National Women’s Day, the Centre for Human Rights reiterates call for a safer South Africa for women
9 August 2021
National Women’s Day is commemorated on 9 August every year. Commemorating this Day is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the beauty and strength of South African women, but also to draw attention to issues that women in Africa still face. These issues include gender-based violence (GBV), discrimination and harassment in different areas of life, unequal pay, and a lack of access to education and sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls.
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Press Statement (9 August 2021)
  • Centre for Human Rights concerned about reports of arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions in Ethiopia Press Statement (1 December 2022)
  • Centre for Human Rights calls for an end to impunity and demands immediate restoration of civilian regime in Sudan Press Statement (03 November 2021)
  • The African human rights system celebrates 40 years of successes and challenges Press Statement (22 October 2021)
  • Centre for Human Rights publishes photobook series featuring photographs and narratives of the lives of LGBTIQ+ persons living in South Africa Press Statement (15 October 2021)
  • Launch of the Children’s Privacy Guidelines for Online Service Providers Press Statement (15 September 2021)
  • This National Women’s Day, the Centre for Human Rights reiterates call for a safer South Africa for women Press Statement (9 August 2021)

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, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics and Freedom from Violence.

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