The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (hereafter referred to as the HURISA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation incorporated under Section 21 of the Companies Act, 1073. It was founded in June 1993 as the Institute for the Study of Public Violence and served as the research and documentation arm of the Commission of Inquiry into Public Violence Chaired by Judge Richard Goldstone. Since its transformation, this institution has offered efficient and successful human rights training within and beyond South Africa.

The Vision of this noble institution is to create and promote a culture of Human Rights where people know, understand and promote human rights and responsibilities to all in their communities.  Its mission is to provide as much human rights education as possible primarily in South Africa and beyond. The organisation strengthens regional and international human rights systems and participates in Civil Society processes organised at the level of the African Union and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, and participates in public sessions of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights through its observer status with the African Commission. The organisation also monitors promotion and protection of human rights at the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through interventions in partnership with national, regional and international human rights organisations.


The Human Rights Institute of South Africa is embarking on the production of a newsletter to be published on a monthly basis beginning from 1 July 2012. This project has the target of exposing different human rights related issues within Africa in general and South Africa in particular. The major anchorage of this newsletter lies within the International and African Systems of Human Rights as well as the drive towards a sufficient and adequate advocacy system within civil society and NGOs to enable the cultivation and promotion of a human rights culture within South Africa and in Africa as a whole. The publication will focus on political, social, economic and health issues as they impinge on the international, regional, sub-regional and domestic human rights situations – a special focus being grassroots and community human rights issues.

The Broad Thematic Areas to be published in this newsletter include the following:

  • Human Rights and the international and African Systems of Human Rights
  •  Children’s Rights including the rights of unaccompanied minors
  •  Gender Equality and the Rights of Women
  • Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Trans sexual and inter sexual Person’s (LGBTi) Rights
  •  Social, Economic and Cultural Rights in Africa
  •  The Environment, Health and Human Rights in Africa
  • The Rights of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Africa
  •  Chapter Nine Institutions in South Africa and promotion and protection of citizens’ rights.

These are broad and inter-crossing areas and themes that we hope to cover within the context of this newsletter and the work of the organisation.  Interested scholars and practitioners are provided the opportunity to send through contributions/articles/ stories for the newsletter within related fields of human rights to the Research Officer (Documentation and Analysis Officer) of HURISA (at or

Please note that your contributions should be limited to a maximum of 3500 words (double line spacing), and contributions on the Newsletter will be non-remunerative. However, your contributions will be well documented and forwarded for higher publication within and outside South Africa. Interested contributors should kindly contact us with their CV, a brief motivational letter and a sample of previously written work (if already published but this is not a overarching criteria).

For More information please contact:
Mr. Junior Sikhwivhilu  OR  Ms. Tebello Mohale.
(Tel) 011 4920568; (Fax) 011 492 0569