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Attention: Editors and Reporters

17th April 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission expresses strong condemnation at the spate of violence and verbal attacks of foreign national across the country.
31 March 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges have reached an agreement in their matter heard before the Equality Court of South Africa.  The SAHRC, Western Cape, lodged a case at the Equality Court against Bridges during 2014 concerning the allegedly racist nature of the commentary on her Facebook page.
25th March 2015


The South African Human Rights Commission has today started with a two-day Provincial Hearing in to the challenges facing access to Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape.
The Commission decided to hold this Hearing following systemic problems with regards to the provision of health services in the province.
The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a two day provincial hearing focusing on access to emergency medical services in the Eastern Cape, starting from the 25th to 26th March 2015.
22 March 2014


The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission), together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, has published a Business and Human Rights Country Guide (Country guide) for South Africa. This country document will provide guidance to companies on how they can promote and respect human rights in South Africa.
12 March 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a business and human rights roundtable discussion under the theme ‘Business and Human Rights: Ensuring an inclusive work environment for Persons with disabilities’. The roundtable discussion will be hosted on Tuesday 17th March 2015.
11th March 2015


Attention: Editors and reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the allegations arising in the media regarding the adoption of a “green card” system by a community policing forum in the Western Cape, to regulate the movement of workers within the area’s more affluent suburbs.
On 26 February 2015, the Deputy Chair of the African Union’s Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Committee), Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen briefed the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) on the Concluding Recommendations by the Committee following the discussion of South Africa’s Initial Report on the Status of the implementation of the Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The Committee is part of the African Union and the meeting has been hailed as a significant step because it marks the beginning of a laudable effort by the Region to effectively give recognition to the work of National Human Rights Institutions.
MEDIA STATEMENT

18 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes an amendment to the rules of the Bedfordview Planet Fitness gym.
MEDIA STATEMENT

15th February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is extremely concerned about the constitutionality and impact of the provisions of the Emolument Attachment Orders (“EAOs”) as articulated in the Magistrates Court Act 32 of 1944(MCA) on the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized amongst other groups including, but not limited to, the pensioners and women.  In terms of the EAO a person’s salary, may be attached should they be in arrears and fail to make alternative arrangements regarding the settling of the debt. These attachment orders can be done by a Clerk of the magistrates’ court without the judicial oversight of a magistrate.
14 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

SAHRC concerned about chaos during SONA, calls on investigation into jamming of internet
MEDIA STATEMENT

02nd February 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) continues to monitor the sporadic attacks on migrants and the looting of their businesses across the country. The Commission visited some of the communities affected by the attacks and held meetings with stakeholders, including the police.
20 January 2015.

Attention: All Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission would like to express its concern over the situation in Malamulele, Limpopo, where, as reported in some radio stations children were forced out of schools, and by those who claim to be in a struggle to force government to establish a separate municipality for Malamulele district.
18 January 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision by the South African government to ratify the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 12 December 2014

In December 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission successfully mediated a dispute between the University of Pretoria and two university students who painted their faces black to attend a 21st dress up party.
Media Statement: M-net

Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 12 December 2014

“The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received a complaint from Professor Lotz relating to a 2008 Carte Blanche programme which broadcast pictures of his deceased daughter’s body. The programme was broadcast without prior notification to the parents and caused them both severe distress and trauma.
Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 11 November 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) invites members of the media to a press conference that will be launching a report about the systemic challenges affecting the land restitution process in South Africa.
Attention: Editors and reporters

21 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received complaints about violations to the rights to dignity and equality from James French, Alice Choe, Mongezi Mahlangu and Mome Mahlangu
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is happy and welcomes an agreement that has been reached in the matter before the Equality Court between the Commission and Pastor Oscar Peter Bougardt.
13 October 2014

In August 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) received a complaint from Ms Lebohang Litha on her behalf and on behalf of Alsilinx NPC (the Complainant).
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