Centre for Human Rights

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The Centre for Human Rights is based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The Centre for Human Rights was established in 1986 after a major conference on apartheid and a new Bill of Rights for South Africa hosted on the campus of the University of Pretoria. The founding director, now Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johann van der Westhuizen, was one of four experts who wrote the final version of the interim constitution and the final Constitution of South Africa. In its earlier years, the Centre focused on building capacity in the area of human rights in South Africa.

Since then, the focus has shifted and, today, the Centre is well established as one of the most active human rights organisations on the African continent. In 2006, the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, the highest award of its kind, was presented to the Centre, the first time an organisation in sub-Saharan Africa has won this award.pak telecom


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