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24 August 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned at the attacks on farmers and their workers in many parts of the country.
24 August 2016

National Human Rights Institution Report on the South African Government’s combined Fourth to Eight Periodic Country Report under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Submitted by the South African Human Rights Commission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for consideration at the 90th session in August 2016.
19 August 2016

theweekly.coThe South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) this week conducted public outreach clinics in rural and farming communities in the Xhariep District to raise awareness about its programmes as well as educate people about their basic human rights. The theme for the programme was ‘Amplifying human rights education in rural and farming communities’.
17 August 2016

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will conduct an in-loco inspection on Wednesday at the site of a proposed sanitation project in Port Elizabeth amid a dispute over whether the council has started construction on the project or not.
Wednesday 17 August 2016

DURBAN – Disabled black children, especially those in remote rural areas, face a raw deal when it comes to getting an education, the South African Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday.
15 August 2016

Durban – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will this week visit KwaZulu-Natal to assess human rights issues affecting the elderly and people living with disabilities, it said in a statement on Sunday.
12 August 2016

THE South African Human Rights Commission, (SAHRC) is prepared to file court papers after the Madibeng local municipality in North West failed to provide efficient water services to the residents of Klipgat C in Brits.

On 5th August 2016, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hosted a delegation of Sri Lankan parliamentarians. 

The background to this visit is that the Sri Lankan ‘Constitutional Assembly’ is poised to start negotiating a (new) Constitution, which will include a modern bill of rights; seek a political solution (power sharing/devolution) to address the so-called National (Tamil) Issue and provide for a new electoral system (as a chapter in the new Constitution).

01 August 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) won’t act on Die Afrikanerbond’s “complaints regarding censorship‚ dismissal of journalists and mismanagement” at the South African Broadcasting Authority (SABC).
President Jacob Zuma has asked to be given more time to respond to a complaint of hate speech that the Freedom Front Plus laid with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against him.

The South African Human Rights Commission has concluded its investigation into a complaint lodged against the South African Broadcasting Authority by Die Afrikanerbond lodged on 29th June 2016.

The complaint was lodged by Mr. Jan Bosman, Chief Secretary (Die Afrikanerbond) on 29 June 2016, detailed allegations of an unfair editorial policy at the SABC, as well as political interference in the management of the SABC.

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The SA Human Rights Commission has ordered the spokesperson for a Free State local municipality to apologise unconditionally to white South Africans after he posted an offensive picture on Facebook.

Steve Naale, spokesperson for the Ngwathe local municipality in Parys, posted the iconic photograph depicting the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abraham Smith by the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana in the US in 1930 on the Facebook group page, “Ngwathe Online”. A caption accompanying the picture read: “Unless we want this under a white man’s rule, AGAIN.”
29 July 2016

It would be difficult to ban a controversial pastor, who called gay people “paedophiles”, from South Africa because he had not been convicted of a crime, the home affairs department said today.
26 July 2016

The South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC) wants to know more about why Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba can’t turn away a homophobic pastor who is headed to South Africa in September.
20 July 2016

In an attempt to propose solutions on how to police racism and understand the limitations of freedom of expression in South Africa’s democracy, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in partnership with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Canadian embassy hosted a seminar with prominent panellists to discuss issues of racism, censorship and freedom of expression in South Africa’s landscape.

IF YOU suspect 2016 is fast becoming the year of the social media clap-back against racism in SA, you are not mistaken. I was taken aback earlier this week by a statistic from the South African Human Rights Commission. Apparently, the proportion of complaints about racist speech on online platforms and social media that the commission deals with on an annual basis rose sharply from 2% to 22% in the past two financial years.
Neo Goba | 19 July, 2016 17:27

South Africa’s Apartheid regime is remembered as one of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century and press council executive director Joe Thloloe believes it is to blame for the existence of racism in our country today.
Minister Malusi Gigaba Meets With SAHRC, LGBTI Representatives to Discuss U.S. Pastor's Visit to SA

18 July 2016

press release

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will on Monday, 18 July 2016, meet with the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC),
Politics / 17 Jul '16, 4:47pm
ANA Reporter

Johannesburg - South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairman Lawrence Mushwana has asked International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for a meeting to discuss South Africa’s stance on two important international issues.
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