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Transforming Society

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Restoring Dignity


Attention: Editors and Reporters 

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) and Mail and Guardian will collaborate in hosting a free webinar on Thursday, the 30th April 2020, from 13:00 to 14:00 PM at the link below: 

 27 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) has been made aware of the video clip circulating via social media of a raid conducted by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), on a Mosque near Masibikela, Mpumalanga, which occurred on Friday the 24th March 2020. 

27 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters 

National Freedom Day is celebrated on the 27th April in South Africa. The Day marks freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on the day in 1994. Those elections will always remain in the annals of South African history as the first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age, from any race group were allowed to vote.

24 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) notes the devastating impact the Corona Virus has had on the global as well as South African economy and society. The SAHRC, along with key international bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), applauds the South African government’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 through declaring a National Disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 and implanting a national lockdown.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) emphasises the importance of inclusive decision making platforms, at all levels, for any interventions in the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, in response to COVID-19.

 

21 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The attention of the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) was drawn to media reports about the demolition of shacks as well as brick and mortar houses in Lawley Extensions 4 and 5, in Gauteng.

19 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) has noted the allegations of ill-treatment of African nationals in China, including the forceful testing, quarantining and other inhuman treatment, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) is concerned over the spate of attacks and burglaries taking place at schools across the country.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) continues to monitor the observance of human rights during the implantation of lockdown measures announced by the government in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002, due to the COVID-19 virus.

14 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) commends the President of the Republic, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government for making the difficult decision to extend South Africa’ lockdown in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
09 April 2020
ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is aware and is taking action relating to a video circulating on social media in which the Mayor of Matjhabeng, Mr. Nkosinjani Speelman, in the Free State, refers to members of the Coloured community in Bronville, Welkom, using words that are not only offensive but may also negatively touch on their dignity as human beings. The Commission also notes that its Provincial Office in the Free State had called upon the Mayor to apologise.
4 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

UNICEF South Africa has signed a historic agreement with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to advance children’s rights in all spheres of society.

1 April 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioners and staff of the South African Human Rights Commission are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Gita Ramjee.

The Commission learnt with shock and sadness that Prof. Gita Ramjee passed away in a Durban hospital Tuesday. At the time of her death, Ramjee worked at health care organisation Aurum Institute, which is regarded as a global authority on HIV and TB prevention and eradication. She was Chief Scientific Officer at the Aurum Institute and former chief specialist scientist and director of the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) HIV Prevention Research Unit.

31 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

In accordance with its mandate, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) continues to monitor the observance of human rights during the national lockdown due to COVID-19. The Commission is aware of and is disturbed by footage circulating via social media depicting members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS) officials using force against people who fail to comply with lockdown regulations.
27 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

In a victory to uphold the right to life, the North Gauteng Division of the High Court, sitting in Pretoria, has granted the application of the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) on Thursday, 26 March 2020, which sought an order declaring that the State should protect the right of a complainant to life.  

25 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

 The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) notes the devastating impact that the Corona Virus can have on the lives of many, many people in the country as well as the unimaginable terrible effects thereof on life in general, if the pandemic is not boldly and wholeheartedly tackled and stopped.

21 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) wishes all the inhabitants of South Africa a happy Human Rights Day. The National Human Rights Day, which is celebrated in South Africa on the 21st day of March of every year, is the most important day not only for the Commission but more importantly for those who call South Africa home.
20 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

Like other entities in the country, the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply concerned by the spread of infections by the COVID-19 virus in the country and would like to contribute in every possible manner towards arresting the spread and eliminating the pandemic. We feel for and pledge support to those who have tested positive. The Commission stands in solidarity with them and their families and friends and wishes them a speedy and complete recovery.
19 March 2020

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will be launching the Gauteng State of Human Rights Report (online).
Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 March 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) Northern Cape Provincial Office will host Public Outreach Engagements and a Human Rights Dialogue from 11-13 March 2020.

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