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Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 June 2018

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be hosting a dialogue under the theme: “Youth and LGBTI Rights” to commemorate Youth Day.
The purpose of the dialogue is to promote a culture of tolerance for sexual and gender diversity in society as well as discuss possible tools towards ending violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

                   
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 June 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will facilitate a capacity building workshop at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society and will also conduct Information Session’s at various Children’s Homes in the Pietermaritzburg area.    

The interventions are designed to promote human rights awareness; to popularise the SAHRC Complaints Handling Procedures; and to provide a platform for participants to engage directly with the Commission on matters that affect them.

Details of the above interventions are as follow:
Date: 22 June 2018          Capacity Building Workshop
Venue: KZN Blind and Deaf Society: Olympia Way, Newholme, PMB
Time:     09:30 – 14:00

Date: 25 June 2018  Information Sessions: Children’s Homes
1. Venue: Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home:  45 Teak Rd, Woodlands, PMB
    Time: 08:30 – 10:00

2.  Venue: SOS Children’s Village: 59 Charles Barter Road, Grange, PMB
    Time: 10:30 – 12:00
                                             

3. Venue: Sunlit Gardens: 25 Barnabas Rd, Northdale, PMB
    Time: 12:30 – 14:00

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For more information contact SAHRC KZN Provincial Manager Ms. Tanuja Munnoo or SAHRC KZN Advocacy and Research Officer Mr. Ayanda Nene on 031 304 7323.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 20th June 2018

World Refugee Day is observed on the 20th June each year to honour the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide who have had to flee their homes and countries due to violence, war, and other conflicts. In 2000 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to celebrate and commemorate World Refugee day to raise awareness about the plight of refugees throughout the world.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

19 June 2018

In commemoration of World Refugee Day, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host the screening of a documentary entitled “Voetsek! Us/ Brothers.” The documentary is part of “The OTHER People’s Film Festival,” an initiative of the Refugee Social Services.
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Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 June 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 Pinetown. 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.
15 JUNE 2018
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 20 June 2001 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.  Accordingly, the SAHRC WC Provincial Office in partnership with the UCT Refugee Rights Unit and the UNHCR will commemorate this significant day on the International calendar.
Attention Editors and Reporters

15th June 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) joins in the commemoration of Youth Day, observed every year on the 16th June. The commemorated events that took place 42 years ago, marked a major turning point in the fight against Apartheid. The events of this day during 1976, put our youth at the centre of ensuring that Apartheid was dismantled and that various rights including language rights, the right to education and equal participation were respected for all South Africans.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 June 2018

In 2014 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring 13 June as “International Albinism Awareness Day.” This resolution confirmed the global focus on albinism and encourages everyone to celebrate and promote albinism awareness.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

13 June 2018

On 31 May 2018 hundreds of workers employed by Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital embarked on protest action over unpaid performance bonuses which left the hospital in a chaotic and dishevelled state. This protest action led to a shutdown of the facility. Reports indicate that the protest action severely disrupted the operations of the Hospital, which had a negative impact on the provision of health services to many of the hospital users.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 12 June 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has noted with alarm news reports of last week’s  the burning of Thabana Senior Secondary and Siyathokoza Senior School in Mpumalanga as well as Tiang Primary School North-West Province.  The Commission has further noted calls by the Minister of Basic Education, Ms. Angie Motshekga, that harsher penalties to be meted out against persons found guilty of damaging school property.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

07 June 2018

The Commission is pleased to note the progress made by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health in implementing the Commission’s recommendations as set out in its Investigative Hearing Report on the State of Oncology in KwaZulu-Natal. This is because of the positive developments observed since the 14th May 2018 subpoena hearing in which the Commission had summoned the MEC, Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to come and explain the slow progress in implementing the recommendations.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

06 June 2018

In May 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) initiated an investigation at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital following several reports alleging that there was a shortage of radiation oncologists at the hospital’s oncology ward, a breakdown of vital cancer treatment machines and delays in the provision of health care services to approximately 500 cancer patients who are awaiting radiation treatment.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

05 June 2018

On Wednesday, 06 June 2018 the Gauteng Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with Midvaal Local Municipality (“Midvaal”). This Memorandum of Understanding seeks to ensure that Midvaal’s administrative actions, planning and decisions are guided by the Constitution and are aligned to human rights principles.  
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

01 June 2018

On 02 May 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (“the commission”) initiated an investigation at Steve Biko Academic Hospital following a   media report alleging that the hospital’s oncology ward was under capacitated and on the verge of collapse.There are allegedly about 934 cancer patients who are awaiting radiation treatment at the hospital and the hospital’s failure to recruit an adequate number of staff and repair the broken down machines has resulted in a backlog in terms of patients awaiting treatment. It is in light of these allegations that the Commission has commenced an own initiative investigation in order to test the veracity of the said allegations.
Attention Editors and Reporters
31st May 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) condemns the violence and the destruction that took place during protest action at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, today, on the 31st May 2018. It is understood that doctors, nurses, cleaners and porters are demanding that the Gauteng Department of Health pay out performance bonuses owed to them for the 2016-17 financial year.
25 MAY 2018

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host the following interventions in commemoration of Child Protection Week (CPW):
Attention: Editors and Reporters
25 May 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on a Child Friendly Campaign by visiting two Child and Youth Centre’s in the Province. During the campaign, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be promoting its Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedures (CFCHP). The campaign is also meant to empower children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights  violations and report such directly to the Commission.
Attention Editors and Reporters
25th May 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) is deeply concerned by the The State of Local Government and Financial Management 2017 report, released on Wednesday 23 May 2018, by Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu. In the view of the Commission, there is a direct link between billions being lost through irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by those tasked with managing the finances of municipalities and the lack of service delivery which in turn inhibits and infringes on rights of access to socio-economic rights of many South Africans, and has ignited so many violent and destructive protests.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
24 May 2018

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be embarking on the Child Protection Week campaign by visiting five schools in the province. During the campaign, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be promoting its Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedures (CFCHP). The campaign is also meant to empower children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights threats or violations and report such directly to the Commission.
Attention Editors and Reporters
17th May 2017

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on 17th May and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) rights violations and stimulate interest in SOGIE rights work worldwide. The date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.
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