Centre for Researching & Embedding Human Rights

Embedding human rights in lived experience

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CREHR is an interdisciplinary initiative driven by a unique psychosocial orientation to human rights principles and practice.

At the heart of CREHR’s mission is to engage psychosocially with theorisations and practices aimed at achieving Acknowledgement, Reparation, and Peace, when human rights are suppressed or violated.

We are interested in human rights not only as a legal framework, but as an underlying set of values and interventions that demand an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted approach to research, policy and practice.

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Truth was considered an absolute, unrenounceable value for many reasons.

To provide for measures of reparation and prevention, it must be clearly known what should be repaired and prevented. Further, society cannot simply blockout a chapter of its history; it cannot deny the facts of its past, however differently these may be interpreted. Inevitably, the void would be filled with lies or with conflicting, confusing versions of the past. 

A nation’s unity depends on a shared identity, which in turn depends largely on a shared memory. The truth also brings a measure of healthy social catharsis and helps to prevent the past from reoccurring

Jose’ Zalaquett, The Mathew O.Tobriner Memorial lecture