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Children's Rights

Children’s Rights is one of seven focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission as requiring a dedicated focus in order to effectively fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of the rights of children in South Africa.

The South African Constitution defines ‘children’ as persons below the age of 18.   An estimated one fifth of children are orphaned and at least 64.5% of children live in low-income households and are impacted by poverty. Children also experience food insecurity and struggle to access basic education and basic services such as sanitation and water.  South African children are also exposed to high levels of violence.

The Children’s Rights portfolio at the Commission seeks to protect, promote, and educate on children’s rights, and advocates for legislative and policy reform, creates awareness, and participates in advancing children rights both at the domestic, regional and international levels.


Hearing on the Impact of Protest-Related Action on the Right to Basic Education


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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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