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Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa
Joined November 2021

The Centre for Human Rights is based at the Faculty of Law of the University of the Free State. It is a critical, interdisciplinaryand contextually engaged research, advocacy, and legal-practice...

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

The Free State Centre for Human Rights is a criticalinterdisciplinary, and contextually engaged research, advocacy, and legal-practice institution, focusing in its work on the relationship between human rights and transformation.

Established in January 2016, the Centre’s genesis was the 2007 incident of racial discrimination at the Reitz student residence on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus. Following this incident an agreement was reached between the UFS and the South African Human Rights Commission that a centre for human rights would be established, with the mandate to work toward the transformation of the UFS campus and campus community.

Given this background, the Centre’s broad focus is not on human rights in the abstract, but on the relationship between human rights and our actual mandate, transformation.

This inevitably means that the Centre’s work and its research community is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on a range of different disciplines and combining insights and wisdom from a variety of disciplines. The Centre participates in its research and other activities with the whole UFS community, be it through teaching in the Centre’s Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Human Rights; co-supervision of postgraduate students; participation in research projects; or simply involvement in the Centre’s research discussions and events.

Although the Centre is primarily an academic research institution, its work is contextually engaged. A



People Associated With This Organization

Maps-Pulliet Maema

South Africa  
Centre for Human Rights, University of...
Joined November 2021
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am a human rights activist with an interest in the promotion of land and housing rights, labour rights, equality and non-discrimination. I am currently enrolled for my Doctoral Studies at the University of the Free State, Faculty of Law sepcialising in Human Rights. I have worked in the Social Justice sector for 10 years. I just recently completed my 5 year tenure at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), where I worked as a Housing and Evictions Researcher and a Project Manager. I had joined the network while working at the LRC and would like to now register on my individual capacity. I find the resources that the namati network provides very useful, including the information shared on human rights related issues and it also provides a platform for networking. Thank you.
Maps-Pulliet Maema is the network champion (main point of contact) for Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State.

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