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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

UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
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Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
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UP has a new NRF A1-rated researcher - 29/10/2014
Prof Yves van der Peer, the University of Pretoria’s most recent recipient of an A rating by the NRF, is a leading academic from the University of Ghent in Belgium and one of the world’s foremost bio-informaticians.
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Faculty of Law introduces an MPhil degree in Medical Law and Ethics as from January 2015 - 28/10/2014
The Centre for Medicine and Law in the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is proud to announce the introduction of an MPhil degree in Medical Law and Ethics. The course will be available as from 2015, and will consist of three new postgraduate modules, namely Theory and practice of medical law and medical ethics, Access to health care and medical malpractice litigation and Medico-legal issues.
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University of Pretoria initiates a relationship with the University of Antwerp - 28/10/2014
Delegates from the Belgian University of Antwerp visited the University of Pretoria following the launch of the fifth edition of the Erasmus Mundus EUROSA programme in Durban.
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Bumper Year for the Southern Right Whale calves - 27/10/2014
The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria recently conducted the annual survey of the Southern Cape’s Right whale population in the coast between Nature’s Valley and Muizenberg, Western Cape.
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UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.
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