Yasmin Sooka is a leading human rights lawyer. Sooka is currently the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa.
Sooka served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1996 to 2001 and chaired the committee responsible for the final report from 2001 to 2003. She was appointed by the United Nations to serve on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2004. Since 2000, Sooka has also been a member of the advisory body on the Review of Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security. In July 2010, she was appointed to the threemember panel of experts advising the secretary general on accountability for war crimes committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. Sooka currently chairs the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. She was also appointed as the inaugural George Soros Visiting Chair of the School of Public Policy at Central European University for the 2015 fall term.