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Centre for Human Rights

Centre for Human Rights - Celebrating a quarter-century of Human Rights Education

For more information on the Centre and its activities, please visit www.chr.up.ac.za

The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.

The Centre was established in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in 1986, as part of domestic efforts against the apartheid system of the time. Members of the Centre participated in meetings with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and participated in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa, and, when the transition came, served as technical advisors to both the interim and final constitution writing processes.

The focus of the Centre has now broadened beyond the borders of South Africa. Over the years, it has positioned itself in an unmatched network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners across the entire continent, with a specific focus on human rights law in Africa, and international development law in general.

Today, a wide network of Centre alumni contribute in numerous ways to the advancement and strengthening of human rights and democracy all over the Africa continent, and even further afield. 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.  In 2012, the Centre was the recipient of the African Union Human Rights Prize.


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For more information on the Centre and its activities, please visit www.chr.up.ac.za.
 

News

Mass vaccination can keep this neglected disease under control - 16/09/2014
Mass dog vaccination campaigns can have a substantial impact on keeping rabies under control.
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Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
On 9 September 2014, UP’s Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UP’s Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.
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Prof Stella Nkomo receives special recognition award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) - 12/09/2014
Professor Stella Nkomo, Deputy Dean for Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has been granted the NRF award 'Champion of Research Capacity Development at South African Higher Education Institutions' for 2014.
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UP Professors receive A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) - 12/09/2014
Prof Brenda Wingfield, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Prof Mike Wingfield from the University’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) have both received an A-rating from the NRF.
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UP to collaborate on project to address hunger and undernutrition - 12/09/2014
The University of Pretoria (UP) will be one of the institutions collaborating in a series of projects representing the best ideas and strategies from around the world to address hunger and undernutrition in some of the world’s most unforgiving agricultural regions. The selected projects, which will be funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, will contribute towards improving food security, household resilience and private-sector growth in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.
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Whistling a different tune - 12/09/2014
Study reveals Africa's Wild Bottlenose Dolphins use unique whistles to address each other.
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Dean of Education elected as Vice-Chair of SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns - 11/09/2014
Prof Irma Eloff was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns at the recent meeting of the Council of the Akademie.
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