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Restoring Dignity

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 April 2018

While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate, to picket and present petitions, the level of violence, obstruction of freedom of movement and scale of destruction of property accompanying those activities in Mahikeng, is cause for great concern.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 April 2018

Since the issuance of its investigative report titled, Dr Imran Keeka, Democratic Alliance, MPL v Addington Hospital, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal & MEC: Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal (commonly referred to as the KwaZulu-Natal Oncology Crisis),  the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has engaged with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health with the view to bringing about tangible improvements to the situation of lack of access to Oncology health care users in KwaZulu-Natal that had prompted the Commission to investigate in the first place.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

On 6 March 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) convened one of its statutory advisory committees on issues of law enforcement and prevention of torture. The Committee is chaired by Commissioner Chris Nissen and other members including Adv Tseliso Thipanyane (Chief Executive Officer of the SAHRC), Justice Johann van der Westhuizen (Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services), Adv Vusi Pikoli (Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Prof Christof Heyns (University of Pretoria), Prof Lillian Artz (University of Cape Town), Mr Sean Tait (APCOF) and Ms Annah Moyo (CSVR).
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 16 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office, facilitated a mediation process with Woolworths Proprietary Limited (“Woolworths”) and Guide-Dogs Association South Africa, following an incident, where a visually and hearing impaired patron was denied access to a Woolworths Coffee Shop at the Cascades Shopping Centre in Pietermaritzburg. Whilst this specific incident was dealt with speedily by Woolworths, the SAHRC established that this was not an isolated incident involving Woolworths.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

6 April 2018

On Wednesday, 28th March 2018, H&M’s country manager to South Africa Mr Pär Darj met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) to present H&M’s plans to remedy the effects of its racist sweater advertisement of January 2018 - for which H&M has unreservedly apologised – as well as plans to address concerns raised by the SAHRC during its meeting with H&M on 19 January 2018.

Attention Editors and Reporters
05 April 2018

In April 2017 the South African Human Rights Commission (The Commission) received several complaints, namely, from Mr. Michael Biribauer, Mr Shane Opperman and Mr Daniel van der Heever, in their capacity as concerned private citizens and Advocate Anton Alberts, in his capacity as a Member of Parliament, representing the Freedom Front Plus Political Party against the Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Cllr. Mzwandile Masina.
MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

3 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission is shocked and saddened by the passing of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.  

“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for liberation, human rights and democracy in South Africa is unparalleled by many others in the world.  Her commitment to the cause of justice and freedom never wavered, even in the face of unimaginable personal persecution and banishment by apartheid and in spite of the pain, loss and trauma that she was made to endure under white racist rule. Her defiance was matched only by the love of her people and her determination to see them freed from the shackles of oppression,” said the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Advocate Bongani Majola.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 March 2018

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office, will be hosting policy brief discussion on “Access to Health Care for Migrants in South Africa” on 28 March 2018.   
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) will be hosting a Public Inquiry as an exploratory hearing into Land and The Impact of Rural Land Use and Ownership Patterns in South Africa.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will release its report findings and recommendations following a series of National Hearings on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San Peoples in South Africa, on Monday the 26th March, at its Gauteng Provincial Office, in Braamfontein. The hearings took place in Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Western Cape between 2015 and 2017.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

SAHRC Press Briefing on Colloquium on Access to Education for Undocumented Learners

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), will be hosting a Colloquium to launch its Thematic Discussion Paper on access to education for undocumented learners in South Africa.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Western Cape Provincial office, in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on the effectiveness of the legal instruments put in place for farm evictions and those that are employed to monitor and enforce them.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), will be hosting a Colloquium to launch its Thematic Discussion Paper on access to education for undocumented learners in South Africa.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will release its report findings and recommendations following a series of National Hearings on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San Peoples in South Africa. The hearings took place in Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Western Cape between 2015 and 2017.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21st March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960. This massacre claimed the lives of many people protesting against the Apartheid pass laws, including children, and left in its wake the abiding memory of its horror.  National Human Rights Day holds immense significance for the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), tasked by the Constitution to monitor, promote and protect human rights.  The Commission has planned a range of activities throughout the country during human rights month and will be commemorating the day with various activities across South Africa, to emphasise the value of respect for human rights in a democratic country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission will today (20th March 2018) release its Report on the National Hearing on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San peoples in South Africa in Upington, Northern Cape.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

19 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission, Western Cape provincial office will commemorate Human Right Day by hosting a program with learners and educators from schools in and around Cape Town. The provincial office, working in collaboration, with other Institutions supporting democracy, will be sharing with these learners, information under the topic: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHILDREN, IN A FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND GANGSTERISM”.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
16 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Mpumalanga Provincial office, will be launching its Thematic Discussion Paper on Evictions in Farming Communities. On 23 November 2017, the office conducted the Provincial Indaba on Evictions in Farming Communities at Mkhondo Local Municipality which emanated from alleged illegal evictions of farm workers, occupiers and dwellers as well as undue delays of finalisation of land claims.
19 - 20 March 2018

The North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission will convene a two-day Provincial Investigative Hearing on the Lack of Safety and Security Measures in Schools for Children with Disabilities from 19 – 20 March 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, Friday, 16 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) is appalled at the death of 5 year old Viwe Jali, who died earlier this week after falling into a pit latrine at Luna Primary school in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape. Only 3 years after the tragic and preventable death of 5 year old Michael Komape, the failure of the State to prevent a reoccurrence and to eradicate the prevalence of pit latrines in schools is unacceptable.
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