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Restoring Dignity

24 February 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission expresses concern over reports of violent acts of racism between students and workers of the University of the Free State, and the University of Pretoria.

24th February 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is finalizing its report into the 31 complaints lodged against the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini (King) at a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal on or about the 15th March 2015.

19th February 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission formally acknowledges receipt of the petition on racism from the African National Congress (ANC). 

3rd December 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

As the world marks the International Disability Day, the South African Human Rights Commission calls on all the employers, both in private sector and government, to do more to recruit, retain and upskill persons living with disabilities in South Africa.

2nd December 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on 2 December 2015 in the case of Minister of Basic Education and others vs Basic Education for All and others, and congratulates Section 27 in leading the process of initiating proceedings in this matter.

01st December 2016

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) today wrote to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane requesting information in order to understand why South Africa voted No to an important United Nations General Assembly resolution that reiterates the need for human rights defenders to be protected.

MEDIA STATEMENT

27th November 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has completed its preliminary investigation into the alleged utterances by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini. The utterances are alleged to have been made by the King during a moral regeneration event in Pongola northern KwaZulu-Natal on or about the 15th March 2015.

18th January 2016
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a follow-up national investigative hearing into the Human Rights violations in South African Indigenous (Khoisan) Communities.
Members of the media are invited to attend and report about the proceedings of this hearing.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
 
04 January 2016
 
The South African Human Rights Commission has noted with serious concern the alleged racist comments attributed to some people on social media.
23rd November 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a National Investigative Hearing on human rights violations in South African Khoisan communities.
It with the greatest concern that the South African Human Rights Commission observe yet another video on police brutality and human rights violations, in this case the death of suspect Khulekani Mpanza in Krugersdorp. This unnecessary death opened again the raw debate on policing and crime, the extreme circumstances in which our police find themselves in exercising their law enforcement mandate and the constitutional requirements of human rights and policing. It appears that we have to work much harder on the law and law enforcement.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
22st October 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the growing intensity of student protest at various universities across the country.  Whilst it is clear that the protests point to underlying and systemic factors that require resolution, the Commission is desirous that normality of classes, learning and teaching is restored.  For this reason, the Commission urges all stakeholders to aim to achieve speedy resolution of the issues that give rise to these widespread protests.
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) would like to thank you for your commitment in being part of the 20 Year SAHRC Commemorative celebrations which included a Gala Dinner and National Conference. It is your commitment that has demonstrated the importance of working with different stakeholders to champion human rights in our country.
29th September 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a press briefing on the launch of the provincial hearing report on access to emergency medical services (EMS) in the Eastern Cape.
MEDIA STATEMENT

23rd September 2015

On the 24th of September, South Africans will celebrate Heritage Day, one of 12 officially-recognised national holidays. This day gives South Africans a chance to pause and take stock of how the rich diversity of our country can build a better nation.
Heritage is the collected range of practices, traditions, objects and artefacts of a particular cultural group. Attached to each of these is a history, and a meaning through which we may celebrate our values. Heritage is both tangible and intangible, seen in oral traditions, knowledge systems, literature, art, music, dance and food.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 September 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) invites members of the media to its 12th annual National Information Officers Forum (NIOF) conference that will be hosted on the 28th September 2015 at the Blades Hotel in Kameeldrift, Pretoria.
MEDIA STATEMENT

08th September 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation in to the living conditions of pupils at the Northwest School for the Deaf following the tragic death of three pupils there.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomes the conviction of the eight former police officers found guilty of murdering Mozambican national Mido Macia.
Orange Farm, Multipurpose Centre


25 - 26 August 2015,

Re: Media Alert

On 25 and 26 August 2015, the South African Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) will host public outreach clinics at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Centre.
Media Statement

07 August 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemns the recent spate of police killings. As many as seven police officers have been killed in the last couple of weeks. The SAHRC wishes to reinforce the constitutional idea that human rights, and in this situation particularly, the right to life and dignity, is for all in South Africa, including police officers.
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