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Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 September 2017

On the 14th September 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) in collaboration with the CRL Commission, PANSALB, and the WITS Language school, will be hosting a dialogue on the Recognition of South African Sign Language (SASL) as an official language.  The dialogue will be held at the South African Human Rights Commission offices in Braamfontein. The theme of the event is: MAKE IT HAPPEN, SASL OFFICIALISATION.
AWARENESS ROADSHOWS

Attention: Editors and Reporters
11 September 2017

On 12 – 14 September 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) in collaboration with the Public Protector SA (PPSA) Mpumalanga provincial offices will be hosting human rights awareness roadshows in three areas of Dr Prixley Isaka Ka Seme Local Municipality.

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 6 September 2017



South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply concerned with reports of violent protests taking place in Vuwani, in Limpopo, which have reportedly shut down schools.  The right to education is a fundamental right protected by our Constitution.  The protests, especially reports of children being prevented from attending school was specifically raised by the Commission for remedial action arising from its probe into earlier such incidence in Vuwani.

Media Invite:

ATTENTION: EDITORS AND REPORTERS
04th SEPTEMBER 2017

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office (GPO), will host a week long road show in different areas around Emfuleni Municipality.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 1 September 2017

 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) would like to clarify misleading media reports on the Commission’s access to oncology sites in KwaZulu-Natal for the purposes of oversight inspections.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday 1 September 2017

The assault charges against Mr Robert McBride, the Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) are now before a Court of law.  The presumption of innocence must therefore apply until the conclusion of the case.

ATTENTION: EDITORS AND REPORTERS

28 August 2017

The South Africa Human Rights Commission’s Gauteng Provincial Office will host women’s month dialogue on the 30 August 2017 in Diepsloot Township, Gauteng.  The dialogue will be hosted under the theme “women united in moving South Africa forward”.

24 August 2017

ATTENTION:

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be conducting stakeholder engagements in various areas of Limpopo province in August 2017 in commemoration of Women’s month.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 August 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Free State Provincial Office invites members of the media to a media stakeholder’s breakfast briefing on the 25th of August 2017 at 18 Kellner Street, Bloemfontein.
MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 18 August 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) welcomes the judgment delivered today by the South Gauteng High Court (Equality Court) in the South African Human Rights Commission & 3 Others v Jon Qwelane matter (case number 44/2009EQ).

 18th August 2017

 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

 The South African Human Rights Commission(SAHRC) invites members of the media to a press briefing on the Jon Qwelane’ s hate speech Judgment that is due to be delivered at the South Gauteng Equality Court today.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 08 August 2017

On the 13th September 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and the 9th August 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of this Declaration. The Declaration was adopted as a global framework for efforts to advance the rights of indigenous people by affirming the minimum standards for their survival, dignity, security and wellbeing. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

National Women’s Day offers an opportunity to recognise the struggle for substantive gender equality in South Africa; to celebrate acts of courage by women who played a remarkable role in our history; to reflect on progress made in the achievement of equality for women and girls; and to advocate for change.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 03 August 2017

On Monday 31st July 2017, the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission), Advocate Bongani Majola, after consideration of the matter, decided to act on disturbing and offensive statements contained in the open letter by Mr Edward Zuma.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemns the decision taken by a number of schools to embark on a go-slow in solidarity with Klipspruit Secondary School in Soweto.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 28 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has become aware of an open letter purported to have been authored by Mr Edward Zuma. The Commission finds the contents of this letter, in particular statements that promote hatred on the basis of race offensive and disturbing and a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression as articulated in section 16 of the Constitution.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) will visit Windsor House Academy in Kempton Park, today, 26th July 2017, following media reports of a group of learners being expelled on Monday, allegedly due to their hairstyles.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Monday, 24 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) recognises the legitimate concerns of the community of Imizamo Yethu, relating to housing as well as their right to protest as guaranteed in section 17 of the Bill of Rights, Chapter 2, of the Constitution. The Commission is concerned that this community’s concerns are far too common place throughout South Africa, with many other communities receiving poor service delivery, which results in denial of access to essential socio-economic rights.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Equality Court for the District of the Cape, sitting in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, on the 14th July 2017, has once again confirmed that the use of the ‘K-word’, as a derogatory racial epithet, is in fact unlawful and bears consequences.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) is encouraged that the Thabazimbi Equality Court has reconfirmed that the use of the ‘k-word’, as a racial epitaph, is unlawful and that those who continue to use it will be held to account.

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