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uesday, 11 September 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the Legal Resources Center (LRC) today appeared in the Supreme Court of Appeals in the matter concerning a hate speech case; wherein Port Elizabeth magistrate, Johan Herselman, referred to a cleaner, Khayalethu Geleba, as a “baboon”.
Monday, 10 September 2012 The SAHRC has noted the article run in the Sunday Times dated 09.09.12. The article as it is framed gives rise to concern as it distorts and provides an incomplete recount of the findings of the SAHRC and the CGE which attempted to respond to the complaint with sensitivity to its many dimensions without compromising the complainant or the rights of women in the process.
07 September 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission is undertaking an investigation into the Marikana bloodbath following a complaint the Commission has received. The complainant a Cape Town-based Non-Governmental Organization, has argued that the national police commissioner Ms Mangwashi Riah Phiyega and the police violated the right to life of the miners, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
31 August 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission, together with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, today held a roundtable conference exploring collaborative ways in which to address the recent tragedy and violence that unfolded in Marikana.
The events at Marikana: Understanding the Immediate Needs, Required Responses and Addressing the Long-Term Implications Date: Tuesday, August 28 2012 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters Members of the media are invited to a roundtable discussion that will feature government departments, civil society, NGOs and academics on the Marikana incident. Independent Police Investigative Directorate and other Chapter Nine institutions will also attend.
Submission of section 51 manuals in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act Friday, 09 December 2011 Johannesburg- The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) aims to increase information flows, transparency and accountability within the public and private sector. The legislation requires private bodies to produce information manuals in terms of section 51 of the Act.
VULNERABILITY OF MIGRANTS-IN PARTICULAR WOMEN & CHILDREN- TO XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE (Speaking Notes) OHCHR panel discussion on vulnerability of migrants to racism, xenophobia and discrimination, New York, 4 May 2011 Joyce Tlou, South African Human Rights Commission Excellencies, distinguished participants and colleagues Most migrants, in particular the undocumented, unauthorised, irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are already in a vulnerable position due to an intricate linkage in root causes such as poverty, economic under-development, poor governance and human rights violations that compel their movement from their countries of origin. Women and children in turn represent the most vulnerable among an already vulnerable population. Thus it is imperative to mainstream gender and age into the various aspects of the migration debate.
Statement to announce the Commission interventions to address concerns regarding the Grootvlei Mine and Acid Mine Drainage Grootvlei Mine – Human Rights Commission seeks Minister’s intervention The non-payment of worker salaries and the detrimental environmental impacts of the inactive and decanting mine into the surrounding catchments are of concern to the Commission.
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