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08th March 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission would like to express its shock at the new video of police brutality in Cape Town.
The horrifying video shows police officers assaulting, stripping and humiliating a man before dragging him on the pavement into the police van during an apparent arrest in Kensington, Cape Town.
04 March 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission is hosting Philippe Bousquet, an artist who will exhibit his work on human rights. The human, social and environmental consequences of the decisions we make as human beings and as societies.
04 March 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission will be launching the Water and Sanitation report on 11th March in Cape Town.
27th February 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the announcement by the South African government that it will seek information from capitals around the world on the protection of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and intersex persons.
23 February 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission held a meeting on Friday with the National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Services, Riah Phiyega, police top management, and experts in policing and human rights matters to discuss particular areas of human rights concerns in relation to the work of the police.
22 February 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is gravely concerned about the reported incidents of racism at the University of Free State (UFS).
Attention: Editors and Reporters

05 February 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission is concerned at the alarming growth of state-sanctioned homophobia taking place across the globe and particularly on the African continent.
MEDIA STATEMENT

22 January 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission has learnt with great shock and disappointment of the death of a six-year-old boy who fell into a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Chebeng, Moletji outside Polokwane.
16 January 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) would like to expresses its concern at the continued use of force by the police following the killing of at least three people allegedly by the police during a protest over lack of water in Mothutlung, Brits in the North West province.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 December 2013

Overview

The South African Human Rights Commission has found against various local municipalities and a provincial department of education for not providing access to the constitutional rights to water and sanitation.
20 December 2013

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

Overview

The South African Human Rights Commission has completed its investigation into the state of hospitals in the Mpumalanga Province. The SAHRC found that several hospitals in Mpumalanga are in a critical state resulting in the violation of the public’s right to access health care services.
MEDIA STATEMENT

10 December 2013

The SA Human Rights Commission calls on everyone to commemorate the International Human Rights Day to advance the human rights legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, and promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere.
The South African Human Rights Commission joins the rest of the world in expressing its immense sadness and sorrow, and pays tribute to the passing on of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who was South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

03 December 2013

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the signing into law of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (the Act) by the President.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

13 November 2013

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomes the appointment of South Africa to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
16th October 2013

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission has found that the Department of Social Development (DSD) has not fulfilled its obligation to comply with the Children’s Act of 2005 in relation to the maintenance and, population of the National Child Protection Register (CPR).
09th October 2013

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission presented a submission to Parliament’s Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development after it received a request from the Committee to present a human rights perspective to the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill also known as the ‘DNA’ Bill.  Earlier this year, the Commission provided a submission on the original draft of the Bill to the Portfolio Committee on Police.
MEDIA STATEMENT

04 October 2013

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has found that the conduct of Wilgehof Primary School teacher, Mr Lenard Mac Kay and his crude racist remarks perpetrated against black learners amount to racism and hate speech as defined in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA).
MEDIA STATEMENT

05 September 2013

The South African Human Rights Commission has completed its investigation into allegations made by the inmates incarcerated at Groenpunt Correctional Centre in the Free State Province, of violations of their rights.
28 August 2013

Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate from the South African Human Rights Commission has been nominated to form part of the Commonwealth Observer Mission that will monitor the forthcoming presidential elections in the Maldives.
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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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