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Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Western Cape Provincial office, in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on the effectiveness of the legal instruments put in place for farm evictions and those that are employed to monitor and enforce them.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), will be hosting a Colloquium to launch its Thematic Discussion Paper on access to education for undocumented learners in South Africa.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will release its report findings and recommendations following a series of National Hearings on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San Peoples in South Africa. The hearings took place in Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Western Cape between 2015 and 2017.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21st March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960. This massacre claimed the lives of many people protesting against the Apartheid pass laws, including children, and left in its wake the abiding memory of its horror.  National Human Rights Day holds immense significance for the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), tasked by the Constitution to monitor, promote and protect human rights.  The Commission has planned a range of activities throughout the country during human rights month and will be commemorating the day with various activities across South Africa, to emphasise the value of respect for human rights in a democratic country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission will today (20th March 2018) release its Report on the National Hearing on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San peoples in South Africa in Upington, Northern Cape.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

19 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission, Western Cape provincial office will commemorate Human Right Day by hosting a program with learners and educators from schools in and around Cape Town. The provincial office, working in collaboration, with other Institutions supporting democracy, will be sharing with these learners, information under the topic: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHILDREN, IN A FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND GANGSTERISM”.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
16 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Mpumalanga Provincial office, will be launching its Thematic Discussion Paper on Evictions in Farming Communities. On 23 November 2017, the office conducted the Provincial Indaba on Evictions in Farming Communities at Mkhondo Local Municipality which emanated from alleged illegal evictions of farm workers, occupiers and dwellers as well as undue delays of finalisation of land claims.
19 - 20 March 2018

The North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission will convene a two-day Provincial Investigative Hearing on the Lack of Safety and Security Measures in Schools for Children with Disabilities from 19 – 20 March 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, Friday, 16 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) is appalled at the death of 5 year old Viwe Jali, who died earlier this week after falling into a pit latrine at Luna Primary school in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape. Only 3 years after the tragic and preventable death of 5 year old Michael Komape, the failure of the State to prevent a reoccurrence and to eradicate the prevalence of pit latrines in schools is unacceptable.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Mpumalanga provincial office will be commemorating Human Rights Day under the Theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”. The day is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind all South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in the country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 12 March 2018

Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21st March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960. This massacre claimed the lives of many people protesting against the Apartheid pass laws, including children, and left in its wake the abiding memory of its horror.  South Africa commemorates this day as national Human Rights Day. The day holds immense significance for the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), tasked by the Constitution to monitor, educate promote and protect human rights.  The Commission has planned a range of activities throughout the country during human rights month to emphasise the value of respect for human rights in a democratic country.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

9 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be hosting a Dialogue on Business and Human Rights on 13 and 14 March 2018 at the Capital Moloko Hotel, Johannesburg to discuss critical issues with regard to the impact of business on human rights across primary stakeholder groups, including government, business and civil society. This dialogue is a pinnacle event for the SAHRC’s Head Office during March 2018, Human Rights Month.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

12 March 2018    
    
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will convene the second part of the hearings relating to the investigation into allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the University of South Africa (UNISA) from 12 – 16 March 2018.
The hearing started on 20 February 2018 following a request from the UNISA’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya, to investigate allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the UNISA College of Law.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

09 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will commemorate Human Rights month in the Harry Gwala and Ugu Districts from the 12 - 16 March 2018.  The following interventions have been planned viz.:
Attention: Editors and Reporters

9 March 2018
 
The Department of Social Development (DSD) will appear at a subpoena hearing at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday 9 March 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

07 March 2018

The Free State FISD will host a joint public outreach clinic on the 08th of March 2018 at Thaba Patchoa, Free State.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 March 2018

In line with the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan targets, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be hosting a media press dialogue discussion under the theme: “Media Informs, Educates and Transforms the Public.”
Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“SAHRC”) has subpoenaed the Minister of Social Development, the Honourable Ms Bathabile Dlamini, MP. The subpoena is in relation to the Commission’s National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa which was held on 14 – 15 November 2017.  Despite numerous attempts to secure submissions from the Department of Social Development (DSD) at the hearing, neither the Minister nor officials of the DSD have responded.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 February 2018

On the 26 February 2018 and 27 February 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting roadshows in the Zastron and Aliwal North.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) condemns the killing of five police officials and a retired soldier in the early morning hours of Wednesday, the 21st February 2018, at Ngcobo Police Station, in the Eastern Cape. Another police official was murdered in Pretoria, on the same day. Three robbers broke into the police official’s home and killed him while he was asleep. Just under a year ago, on 28th March 2017, the South African Police Service (SAPS) issued a statement, stating that 57 police officials had been killed during the 2016/2017 financial year.
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