Created in 2004, it is the only multilingual publication of its kind published in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Its goal it to contribute to a critical debate on human rights issues from a Global South perspective.
The print run for each issue is 2,700 copies, which are distributed free of charge in over 100 countries. The journal also has an electronic version. The articles submitted to Sur are peer-reviewed in a blind-review process.
In partnership with other organizations, Sur has already published thematic issues on transitional justice; access to medicines; rights of migrants and refugees; economic, social and cultural rights; the UN Millennium Development Goals; corporate accountability, and the rights of persons with disabilities.
In 2010, Sur established a partnership with the Carlos Chagas Foundation (FCC), which supports the journal and serves on its Executive Board.