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Transforming Society

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Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 20 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) joins all peace loving people across the world in mourning the passing of former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Mr Kofi Atta Annan.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) is deeply concerned by the unrest in eSigedlane area in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. This follows reports in the media over allegations that a local farmer was among other things, desecrating graves, demolishing homes and preventing community members from using pathways on his farms. As such, residents have given the farmer an ultimatum to leave the area. Residents have also called for all white farmers to immediately leave the area.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 August 2018

The South African Humans Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) and the Safer South Africa Foundation (SSAF) are pleased to announce that have held a successful Communities and Justice Programme (CJP) Certificate Award Ceremony at the Ivory Park North Hall, Ivory Park, today, Friday, the 17th August 2017, from 11h00 until 13h00 to honour 82 (eight two) learners from Kaalfontain Secondary School and JB Matane Secondary School who have successfully completed the CJP training programme so far this year. Certificates were awarded to those learners who successfully completed the CJP conducted from the 7th May 2018 to 6th June 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) welcomes the launch of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative, by the President today. President Ramaphosa made a strong statement on the 14th August 2018, about the human consequence of service delivery that is deferred, derailed, delayed or denied, particularly to the most vulnerable people in our society. He called for a sustained focus on the implementation of plans and that we pay attention to “that which we are supposed to do”. The Commission supports this statement as the delays and denials referred to above rob, especially the most vulnerable, of their constitutionally entrenched, socio-economic rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 August 2018

On the 13th -17th August 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be joining the Department of Justice and other stakeholders on Access to Justice Campaigns in various towns under the Xhariep and Mangaung Municipalities.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 August 2018

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office, in collaboration with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will host a panel discussion on 15 August 2018. The theme of the discussion is ‘Blesser culture at tertiary institutions, blesser or curser’

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 August 2018

The Northern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on a Public Outreach Engagements in the Siyathemba Local Municipality.

Media Invite

Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 August 2018

The SAHRC, DOJ&CD, and ProBono.Org in partnership with stakeholders from government departments and civil society organisations will be hosting an outreach clinic in Pietermaritzburg. This initiative is designed to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities; to create a platform for the community to engage directly with stakeholders and to provide a free legal advisory desk.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 July 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on Public Outreach Engagements in Enoch Mgijima Municipality. The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at promoting the understanding of the Child-friendly Complaints Handling Procedures targeting schools.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 27 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) expresses its support for the peaceful march in protest of violence against women planned for 1 August 2018.

 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 July 2018

On the 25-27 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting roadshows in various towns under the Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 July 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on Public Outreach Engagements in Mnquma Local Municipality (Centane) and Ngqushwa Local Municipality (Peddie). The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at advancing the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in society.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 July 2018

On 24 – 26 July 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will be hosting capacity building workshops to amplify basic human rights awareness with the specific focus to the right to healthcare services enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution. The workshops are centered under the theme “Understanding Your Healthcare Rights and Responsibilities”.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host public outreach clinics in the KwaDukuza Local Municipality from the 23 – 25 July 2018 and in the Umvoti Local Municipality on the 26 -27 July 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will on Monday 23rd July 2018, be presenting its findings from a study tour to the United Kingdom and Poland on a model of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) in terms of South Africa’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), which requires states to institute measures to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 Friday, 20 July 2018

 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the widely anticipated judgment handed down in the Bhisho High Court, in the Eastern Cape, yesterday, in relation to the inadequacies of the school infrastructure norms and standards. The Court ruled that the norms and standards were inconsistent with the Constitution and thus invalid.

Attention Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 18th July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has reached a settlement agreement, with author, Ms Grethe Wiid, on the SOGIE rights complaints lodged in response to Ms Wiid’s books. 

The settlement agreement, is available on the SAHRC website and can be downloaded here.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

As part of the aim to celebrate 67 minutes of service for Mandela Day, the South African Human Rights Commission (Limpopo Provincial Office) will join the local community at Korotong - Ga Matlala in the Limpopo Province 18 July 2018 to cook and clean for them, as well as share the mandate of the Commission with attendees. Other Chapter 9 institutions and the Capricorn TVET College will also form part of the intended celebrations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

The SAHRC Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on a series of Public Outreach Engagements in Mnquma Local Municipality (Butterworth). The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at advancing the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in society.


Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the Commission for Gender Equality will conduct a public outreach clinic in Grabouw, as part of its activities in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, from 18 – 20 July 2018.  Mandela Day calls on us all to make the world a better place. This significant day celebrates our former President, Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about change. This year the Country celebrates 100 years since his birth.
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