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Yasmin Sooka

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Yasmin Sooka
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BornCape Town, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
OccupationHuman rights Lawyer

Yasmin Louise Sooka is a leading human rights lawyer, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and a trustee of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and got a law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an expert on transitional justice, gender and international war crimes.

She was member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the United Nations Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes in the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War, and currently serves as the Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Sooka is the Executive Director of The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), an independent non-profit organisation based in London working since 2013 to protect and promote justice and accountability in Sri Lanka.[11]


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  11. ^ "ITJP About". /itjpsl.com. ITJP. Retrieved 27 September 2023.