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19 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission will be conducting an Equality Workshop for MJ Labs. The workshop is aimed at capacitating workers on the right to equality and the rights of people living with disabilities.

18 August 2022

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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Free State provincial office in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, University of the Free State and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will be conducting a provincial workshop for schools as a preparation for the National Schools Moot Court Competition.
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18 AUGUST 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission will be conducting a Disability and Equality Workshop for Gibela Rail Transport Consortium. The workshop is aimed at capacitating workers on the right to equality and the rights of people living with disabilities.

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15 August 2022

The SAHRC Western Cape provincial office will this week be embarking on various monitoring and advocacy activities in the Overberg District Municipality. Section 184 (1) (c) of the South African Constitution states that the Commission must monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic.  The role of monitoring and assessing human rights and potential human rights violations, provides for an opportunity for the Commission to ensure redress and to ensure that human rights are upheld in the Republic.

14 AUGUST 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“the Commission”) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Inquiry on access to water will commence on Monday, 15 August 2022 and will continue until Friday, 19 August 2022.
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12 August 2022
 
The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a virtual Moot Court preparatory workshop aimed at preparing learners from the participating schools, for their provincial moot court oral rounds.
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09 August 2022

Commissioner Philile Ntuli of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a provincial visit in the KwaZulu Natal Province from 10 to 12 August 2022.

Following the floods disaster that affected the KwaZulu Natal Province in April 2022, the Commission has conducted a series of monitoring interventions to assess the human rights impact thereof. The monitoring has been geared towards ensuring that the response of the KwaZulu Natal Government to the disaster is based on a human rights approach.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022

09 August 2022 marks 66 years since the 1956 march that saw about 20 000 women descend on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the introduction of an apartheid pass law which was aimed at restricting black women’s movement in urban areas. The heroic act of defiance led by struggle icons such as Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams saw scores of women from across the country converge at the Union Buildings to deliver a petition containing more than 100,000 signatures calling for the end of this unjust act.

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7 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) wishes to inform the media and members of the public that Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane is no longer employed by the Commission. His contract as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission expired on 31 May 2022.
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7 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission in the Eastern Cape (the Commission) has received complaints, coupled with various media reports pertaining to the death of children due to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) caused by hunger. Studies and statistics further indicate that many children in the province live in abject poverty and as a result are malnourished. In view thereof, and in line with its mandate, the Commission will be hosting a Provincial Inquiry into the Right to Food and Child Malnutrition.
The panel for this inquiry will include Commissioners Angie Makwetla, as well as Jonas Sibanyoni, and proceedings will be livestreamed.
05 August 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) led by its Chairperson Adv Bongani Majola will on Saturday 06 August 2022 visit Matholesville and Kagiso in Krugersdorp following reports of a crisis in the area.

04 August 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is concerned about the escalating high level of gruesome and atrocious attacks on women. The recent reported incidence of alleged gang raping of 8 women in Krugersdorp is a cause for serious concern.

04 August 2022

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In April, disruptive and heavy rains led to localized flooding of vulnerable settlements, infrastructure, roads, low-lying areas and bridges within the Eastern Cape Province. Damage has been specifically reported to areas within the Alfred Nzo District, Chis Hani, Amathole as well as the Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District Municipalities respectively. In view thereof, the Eastern Cape South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) conducted monitoring visits in areas including Libode, Centane as well as the King Sabatha Dalindyebo District’s surrounding villages in order to assess the damage caused to these areas by the floods.
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4 August 2022

On Sunday morning, 26 June 2022, a reported number of about 21 young people lost their lives at the Nyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park. The events leading up to their deaths are still under investigation. Against this background, questions have arisen regarding how social ills and issues of social discord affect young people in particular.
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03 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission Gauteng provincial office (GPO) will conduct a capacity building workshop for Human Rights Champions/ Monitors (HRC) in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng. This capacity building workshop is aimed at empowering HRC in the province by heightening awareness about human rights and structures that can help with redress for human rights violations with a specific focus on the role of the Chapter Nine Institutions in promoting, monitoring and protecting human rights.

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3 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission/SAHRC”) in the Eastern Cape will be conducting a site inspection of a community stationed on the roadside on the N10 between Cradock and Middleburg. The community was established in 1997 and there have been numerous engagements throughout the years with the relevant acting agents of government to assist the community with housing and basic services. Sections 26 and 27 of the Constitution provides that everyone has the right to housing and basic services and the state must take reasonable measures within its available resources to ensure that these rights are realized. It appears that the community is still without basic services and housing.

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03 August 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office of the SAHRC will be embarking on a public campaign in Nkomazi Local Municipality to popularise and raise awareness about the Constitutional Court judgement which declared section 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 51 of 1992 invalid and inconsistent with the Constitution to the extent that it prohibits an unmarried father from giving notice of the birth of his child under his surname, in the absence of the child’s mother or without her consent.
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2 August 2022

In July 2022, the UNGA declared that everyone has a right to a healthy environment, and affirmed that climate change and environmental degradation were some of the most pressing threats to humanity. The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission/SAHRC”) in the Eastern Cape is actively investigating and monitoring alleged human rights violations in respect of section 24 of the Constitution which determines that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to his or her health or well-being.
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29 July 2022

On 29 July 2022, the North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be commemorating International Mandela Day in honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and his values, through volunteering and community services. Mandela believed in equality and advocated for people to rise above colour and social class and come together and help each other.
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28 JULY 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be commemorating the World Day against Trafficking in Persons targeting community based organisations and other civil society organisations.
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