WE write as current and former members of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) and other concerned citizens to express our disquiet at the direction the IRR has taken and its current role in South Africa.
The IRR was once a major player in the human rights movement in South Africa. According to its own historian, Ellen Hellmann, it was “specifically established to promote interracial goodwill and to conduct investigations bearing upon race relations. The two main objectives of its constitution adopted in 1932 read:
To work for peace, goodwill and practical co-operation between the various sections of the populations of South Africa.To initiate, support, assist and encourage investigations that may lead to greater knowledge and understanding of the racial groups and of the relations that subsist or should subsist between them.” (Hellmann: 4). ..
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