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Attention: Editors and Reporters
22 February 2018

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting an information session on its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report the violations directly to the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a roundtable discussion on “Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools”

The practice of corporal punishment in schools is contrary to the prescripts of the South African Constitution and international human rights norms and standards. Despite it being banned since 1997, many educators continue to practice corporal punishment as a form of discipline.  It remains a challenge which requires the committed involvement of all stakeholders, if it is to be overcome.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will be hosting a three  day investigative hearing from 20th   – 22nd  February  2018 to address a complaint received from a UNISA staff member on 11 December 2017, regarding allegations of racial tension and harassment in the College of Law.
MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 February 2018

The DOJ&CD, SAHRC and ProBono.Org in partnership with stakeholders from government departments and civil society organisations will be hosting an outreach clinic in Chatsworth. 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

Friday, 16 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“SAHRC”) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office instituted an Equality Court Application against the Sodwana Bay Guest House (“First Respondent”) and Mr André Slade (“Second Respondent”) in the Ubombo Magistrates Court, following several complaints that were received against them.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a roundtable discussion to launch the SAHRC thematic discussion paper on “Discrimination and Violence on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) in South Africa.”
9 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) has concluded its investigation into a complaint received about a medical practice in Limpopo in which patients were allegedly segregated according to race. 
7 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Ekurhuleni Municipality have signed a memorandum (MOU) of understanding that seeks to ensure that all administrative action taken by the Municipality is consistent with the Constitution and informed by human rights principles.  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

7 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or ‘the Commission’) has finalised its investigation into a fire that killed three learners at the North West School for the Deaf (NWSD) in Leeudoringsstad in August 2014.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters - 7 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC, or ‘the Commission) confirms it has received a complaint about the cancelled screenings of Inxeba: The Wound following protests against the film and threats of intimidation and violence.

7- 8 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission will convene a two-day National Investigative Hearing on Migration, Xenophobia and Social Cohesion from 7-8 February 2018.

Migration has become a prominent issue in South Africa in recent years, particularly following the most recent spate of violence against foreign nationals which spread throughout Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in March 2015 and 2017, leaving several people dead, hundreds injured, and thousands of migrants, primarily of African descent, displaced. Foreign national-owned shops in townships were looted and torched, while foreign nationals were attacked and driven out of local communities. Over 5,000 foreign nationals were reportedly left homeless, with countless livelihoods destroyed. The outbreak of violence, which was largely reflected as a manifestation of xenophobia in the country, triggered international outcry and condemnation. This has led to extensive debates of the effectiveness of the current migration policy and practice in the country, which includes the expressed intention to increase immigration control and to revisit existing laws and international obligations.
Attention: Editors - Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC, or ‘the Commission) strongly condemns the attack on a woman protestor by Thabiso Setona outside Luthuli House on Monday 5 February 2018.   The Commission is appalled by the violence directed at women.  There is no justification for violence against women in any context.
MEDIA STATEMENT

27 January 2018

Attention all editors

The South African Human Rights Commission has been monitoring the water crisis unfolding in the City of Cape Town and has received complaints from various individuals and organisations regarding the issue. The complaints express the concerns which all Capetonians share.
MEDIA STATEMENT

19 January 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) today (19/1/2018) met with representatives of the retailer, H&M, to discuss the recent advertising campaign that sparked protests at their South African stores.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2018

 

A delegation from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) today met with officials from the Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and demonstrators.  The Commission’s intervention follows violent protests at the school that erupted this week and called on all parties to act with restraint and to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Monday, 15 January 2018

 

As schools are about to open in a few days, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) wishes to gently remind all schools that the right to a basic education, as contained in section 29 of the Constitution, is compulsory, universal and immediately realisable – meaning that it is guaranteed to all persons, regardless of nationality, status, or documentation.


Attention: Editors

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

 

The South African Human Rights Commission today, 9 January 2018, released its Annual Trends Analysis Report (ATAR) outlining statistics and data on human rights violations received by the Commission during 2015-2016.  Compiled from cases received from all 9 of the Commission’s provincial offices, the report highlights that inequality remains one of the single biggest obstacles to the attainment of human rights, as envisaged by the Constitution.   

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is closely monitoring the developments following the announcement on the provision of free higher education for poor and working class students in South Africa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 December 2017

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting an information session on its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 12 December 2017


The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) is aware of allegations of racial tension amongst academic staff at the University of South Africa’s (Unisa), College of law. The Commission continues to remain concerned by allegations of racism which undermines the collective effort to build a culture of human rights in a society based on human dignity, the achievement of equality, the advancement freedoms, non-racialism, non-sexism, supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law, accountability, responsiveness and openness; as set out in section 1 of the Constitution.
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