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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

25th May 2016

Africa Day is commemorated annually on 25 May to mark the day when the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) was formed in 1963 in acknowledgement of the solidarity and unity of countries across the African continent.

Wednesday 5 May 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemns the burning of schools in Vuwani District in Limpopo Province affecting tens of thousands of learners.

26th April 2016

On 28th & 29th April 2016 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the SA Police Services (SAPS) will, host a Dialogue on Policing and Human Rights
12th April 2016

Attention: Editor and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) would like to convey is condolences to the family and friends of Sikhosiphi (Bazooka) Rhadebe, the Chairperson of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, who was gunned down at his home on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Mr. Rhadebe was a selfless human rights activist, who was murdered in the most cowardly way.
14th March 2016
 
Attention: Editor and Reporters
 
The year 2015 marked an important 20 year landmark in the protection and promotion of human rights in South Africa. 
07th March 2016
Attention: Editors and Reporters
 
Introduction

a. Good morning Chairperson and fellow members of the Human Rights Committee.  The South African Human Rights Commission extends its appreciation for the opportunity to present to the Committee and share our views on the state of human rights, and particularly civil and political rights, in South Africa.
06th March 2016
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be participating in the review of South Africa’s report under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) next week in Geneva.
25 February 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is finalizing its report into the 31 complaints lodged against the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini (King) at a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal on or about the 15th March 2015.

24 February 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission expresses concern over reports of violent acts of racism between students and workers of the University of the Free State, and the University of Pretoria.

24th February 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is finalizing its report into the 31 complaints lodged against the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini (King) at a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal on or about the 15th March 2015.

19th February 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission formally acknowledges receipt of the petition on racism from the African National Congress (ANC). 

3rd December 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

As the world marks the International Disability Day, the South African Human Rights Commission calls on all the employers, both in private sector and government, to do more to recruit, retain and upskill persons living with disabilities in South Africa.

2nd December 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on 2 December 2015 in the case of Minister of Basic Education and others vs Basic Education for All and others, and congratulates Section 27 in leading the process of initiating proceedings in this matter.

01st December 2016

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) today wrote to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane requesting information in order to understand why South Africa voted No to an important United Nations General Assembly resolution that reiterates the need for human rights defenders to be protected.

MEDIA STATEMENT

27th November 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has completed its preliminary investigation into the alleged utterances by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini. The utterances are alleged to have been made by the King during a moral regeneration event in Pongola northern KwaZulu-Natal on or about the 15th March 2015.

18th January 2016
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a follow-up national investigative hearing into the Human Rights violations in South African Indigenous (Khoisan) Communities.
Members of the media are invited to attend and report about the proceedings of this hearing.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
 
04 January 2016
 
The South African Human Rights Commission has noted with serious concern the alleged racist comments attributed to some people on social media.
23rd November 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a National Investigative Hearing on human rights violations in South African Khoisan communities.
It with the greatest concern that the South African Human Rights Commission observe yet another video on police brutality and human rights violations, in this case the death of suspect Khulekani Mpanza in Krugersdorp. This unnecessary death opened again the raw debate on policing and crime, the extreme circumstances in which our police find themselves in exercising their law enforcement mandate and the constitutional requirements of human rights and policing. It appears that we have to work much harder on the law and law enforcement.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
22st October 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the growing intensity of student protest at various universities across the country.  Whilst it is clear that the protests point to underlying and systemic factors that require resolution, the Commission is desirous that normality of classes, learning and teaching is restored.  For this reason, the Commission urges all stakeholders to aim to achieve speedy resolution of the issues that give rise to these widespread protests.
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