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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) would like to thank you for your commitment in being part of the 20 Year SAHRC Commemorative celebrations which included a Gala Dinner and National Conference. It is your commitment that has demonstrated the importance of working with different stakeholders to champion human rights in our country.
29th September 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to a press briefing on the launch of the provincial hearing report on access to emergency medical services (EMS) in the Eastern Cape.
MEDIA STATEMENT

23rd September 2015

On the 24th of September, South Africans will celebrate Heritage Day, one of 12 officially-recognised national holidays. This day gives South Africans a chance to pause and take stock of how the rich diversity of our country can build a better nation.
Heritage is the collected range of practices, traditions, objects and artefacts of a particular cultural group. Attached to each of these is a history, and a meaning through which we may celebrate our values. Heritage is both tangible and intangible, seen in oral traditions, knowledge systems, literature, art, music, dance and food.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 September 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) invites members of the media to its 12th annual National Information Officers Forum (NIOF) conference that will be hosted on the 28th September 2015 at the Blades Hotel in Kameeldrift, Pretoria.
MEDIA STATEMENT

08th September 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation in to the living conditions of pupils at the Northwest School for the Deaf following the tragic death of three pupils there.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomes the conviction of the eight former police officers found guilty of murdering Mozambican national Mido Macia.
Orange Farm, Multipurpose Centre


25 - 26 August 2015,

Re: Media Alert

On 25 and 26 August 2015, the South African Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) will host public outreach clinics at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Centre.
Media Statement

07 August 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemns the recent spate of police killings. As many as seven police officers have been killed in the last couple of weeks. The SAHRC wishes to reinforce the constitutional idea that human rights, and in this situation particularly, the right to life and dignity, is for all in South Africa, including police officers.
MEDIA STATEMENT

24 July 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission expresses its concern arising from media reports that the former Wilgehof Primary School teacher who was found guilty of racism has again been employed by the Department of Education, two-years after he was found guilty of serious misconduct by the Department.
9 July 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomes the judgment handed down yesterday by the Western Cape High Court in a matter relating to the lack of judicial oversight in the granting of emolument attachment orders (“EAOs”). The SAHRC intervened in the matter as amicus curiae, to champion the human rights of people who are poor and vulnerable. In handing down his judgment, Judge Desai placed on record the court’s ‘indebtedness to the amicus curiae and their counsel.’
MEDIA STATEMENT

26th June 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the Marikana Report by the President.  We are pleased that the President has taken the time to reflect on the findings and recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and has provided a formal response to the nation.
04 June 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission has completed its national investigation into the challenges relating to the treatment of older persons. The purpose of the investigation was to work towards the formulation of effective responses to address the numerous human rights violations experienced by older persons.
02 June 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission has found against Enviroserv for operating a regional medical waste incineration facility affecting the health of community members residing around Ferreira Avenue in Bloemfontein, thus violating their right to a clean environment.
19th May 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission is in the final stages of collating information in respect of the high number of complaints it has received relating to the recent violent attacks in the KZN province earlier this year. The probing of these complaints forms part of the Commissions broader investigation into the root causes of the attacks on non-nationals in the country.  A comprehensive understanding of the root causes is vital in eradicating the recurrence of similar human rights violations in the future.
19th May 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the Bloemfontein Equality Court judgment wherein Mr Patrick Prior, a pub and grill owner was ordered to pay R80 000 for calling Mr Gilbert Makanda, a Zimbabwean national and a lecturer at the Central University of Technology, using the k-word.
Joint Media Statement by The Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy


For immediate release: Friday, 17 April 2015
Attention: Editors, Reporters, Journalists and News Desks

Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals
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.
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