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The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) is an NGO which provides professional services towards the promotion of a human rights culture, peace and democracy. Our mission is attained through the provision of training and education in human rights, dissemination of human rights information and conducting research and advocacy in South Africa and beyond. HURISA was formed in 1994 as a continuation of the work performed by the then Institute for the Study of Public Violence (ISPV) which was founded in 1993 as the research arm of the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry. Since its inception, HURISA works with civil society organisations, government departments and special target groups in South Africa and on the continent.