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Restoring Dignity

28 Mar 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is going to intensify measures in dealing with the increasing number of evictions, more particularly farm evictions in the Free State.
27 March 2017

Were you ever told by your parents that ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’?

In recent months, the South African slang word makwerekwere has become a powerful example of how words can, indeed, be very hurtful. For those caught up in its reach, it can attract deadly consequences. In its narrowest form, it serves as a pejorative description of black African migrants to South Africa. The targeting of migrant black Africans does not distinguish between those who might be refugees and asylum seekers, and those who could have arrived as legal or illegal immigrants. Sometimes other minority groups, such as migrant Bangladeshis, have been caught up in its violent grip. It is a blunderbuss of a word.
27 March 2017

South Africa's experience with reconciliation has made it a stronger and more prosperous nation. South Africa's experience can provide valuable lessons for Canada as we continue on our own path to reconciliation with our Indigenous Peoples.
25 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has called for better protection and implementation of children’s rights.
25 March 2017

Pretoria — Government has condemned the resurgence of racist posts on Twitter and Facebook, which its says undermine the gains made towards social cohesion, nation building and strengthening democracy.

The Acting Director General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko, said this malicious and offensive content erodes the values of the country's Constitution and incites social tensions in communities.
22 March 2017

The Human Rights Commission's Gail Smith says the country has come a long way and people are now more aware of their rights.

JOHANNESBURG – As South Africa marks 57 years since the Sharpeville Massacre, the Human Rights Commission says it's encouraged that citizens are becoming increasingly aware of their rights.
22 march 2017

Jackie CarrollBy: Jackie Carroll

Education is a fundamental human right and the foundation upon which other rights are built on. Without education, an individual cannot realise their full potential. Basic education is one of the focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in order to fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of all human rights in South Africa effectively.
21 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Bongani Majola, says young people should honor Human Rights Day and continue to fight for access to education as part of their Human Rights.
March 21, 2017, By Jacaranda FM News

South Africa commemorates the Sharpeville massacre today, when police shot and killed 69 people during a protest against the apartheid government's pass laws.
March 21, 2017

With Anti-Racism Week coming to a close today, 21 March Reviewonline spoke to Victor Mavhidula, Provincial Manager of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo, on his thoughts about Anti-Racism Week.
Tuesday 21 March 2017 21:07

The South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Bongani Majola, says young people should honor Human Rights Day and continue to fight for access to education as part of their Human Rights.

Commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 people killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest near Vereeniging south of Johannesburg, the South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Advocate Bongani Majola, says young people should continue to demand their right to education as it is also a human right.  
20 March 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urges South Africans to celebrate diversity and unite towards combating all forms of discrimination as the country celebrates Human Rights Day tomorrow.
20 March 2017

The right to equality remains one of the rights most violated in South Africa. This is according to South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Spokesperson, Gail Smith. March marks Human Rights Month in South Africa with the focus on human rights issues.

“Since 2012, the number one human right violation in South Africa has been around the right to equality. So, that remains the right we go to court on the most as the South African Human Rights Commission ... specifically those cases (which) would involve the use of the "K" word and other derogatory comments with racial undertones such as the use of terms baboon or monkey. So, it is the right to equality that is a top right, followed by labour disputes. We get a lot of labour disputes, most of those we send to the CCMA because they are another body that is setup to deal with specific labour rights and the third top right we deal with is around access to health care services, water, food and social security.”
17 March 2017

South Africa’s constitution is celebrated globally for its visionary Bill of Rights. It’s among a handful of countries which integrate economic, social and cultural rights alongside traditional civil and political rights as legally enforceable rights.
17 March 2017

Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department and the governing body of Uitzig High School came to an agreement on Friday to suspend legal action in relation to the school's closure, the department said in a statement.
16 March 2017

Every year South Africans celebrate Human Rights Day on March 21 to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when police opened fire on a crowd killing 69 unarmed people. They were protesting against the humiliating pass laws that controlled the movement of black people.

Besides a reminder of a dark period in the country’s history, this day also celebrates South Africa’s unique and highly acclaimed constitution. Its Bill of Rights guarantees human dignity and equal rights to all citizens.
16 March 2017

According to government, drug use, alcohol abuse and unemployment are prime drivers of gang violence in the Western Cape. But people living in the Cape Flats paint a more complex picture of the circumstances and family gang life.
16 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will look into allegations that the Ekurhuleni metro is violating the human rights of the residents of the N12 informal settlement after failing to move them to more suitable land almost seven years after they were unlawfully removed from Bapsfontein.
15 March 2017

Bloemfontein - Institutions of higher learning need to adopt a broader approach to ensure they are fully transformed.

This is according to the chairperson of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bongani Majola, who was speaking at the launch of the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of Free State (UFS) on Tuesday evening.
15 March 2017

The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) has rejected all arguments former ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane has put before the courts in defence of his homophobic column.
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