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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

Celebrating 15 years of music therapy training at UP - 21/08/2014
On Saturday 16 August the Music Therapy Unit of the Department of Music hosted a vibrant celebration to showcase the work of current students, past graduates and staff members. This event was held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Music Therapy training at the University of Pretoria. The UP MMus (Music Therapy) training programme is the only master’s training programme of its kind on the African continent.
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UP food scientist receives international award for leadership in his field - 21/08/2014
Dr Patrick Njage of the Department of Food Science at UP and postdoctoral fellow of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), was a recipient of the International Union of Food Science and Technology’s (IUFoST) Young Scientist Award for 2014. Alongside seven other outstanding young food scientists from across the world, Njage received the award at the IUFoST’s 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), held in Montreal, Canada from 17 to 21 August.
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UP PhD student receives prestigious award for best research in basic pharmacology - 21/08/2014
Mr Werner Cordier, who is currently doing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Vanessa Steenkamp from the Department of Pharmacology at UP, was awarded the prestigious IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa) award for best research in basic pharmacology for his research titled ‘An in vitro mechanistic evaluation of the hepatotoxic properties of Solanum aculeastrum’.
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UP wins first prize for best exhibition at Sasol Techno X - 21/08/2014
The University of Pretoria (UP) took first prize for the best exhibition in the University category at the annual Sasol Techno X career expo at the Sasol ChemCity Eco Industrial Park in Sasolburg in August. This year’s theme was ‘Today’s minds, tomorrow’s future’.
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Huge teaching development grant for UP - 19/08/2014
The Department of Higher Education and Training has granted funding of R8 million for the development of higher education based on a project plan put forward by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. The University of Pretoria (UP) will be coordinating this development that will focus on the establishment of a collaborative open educational resource term bank (OERTB) for higher education.
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Research into SA’s unique ritual-liturgical landscape - 19/08/2014
Prof Cas Wepener, a C2-graded researcher from the Department Practical Theology at UP, is researching South Africa’s ritual-liturgical landscape, which he describes as a fairly unique landscape that cannot really be equated with that of any other country. Ritual expressions of religion and spirituality in South Africa challenges the traditional theological discipline of Liturgical Studies that was born and raised in the West, thereby providing interesting research possibilities into this discipline.
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Prof Brenda Wingfield appointed as Acting Dean for Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences - 18/08/2014
Prof Brenda Wingfield was appointed as the Acting Dean of the Faculty from 15 August 2014. She succeeds Prof Anton Ströh who served the Faculty as Dean for ten years. He is presently the Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning at the University.
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