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Attention: Editors and Reporters

02 November 2017

On 07 – 09 November 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) in collaboration with Public Protector South Africa (PPSA), Mpumalanga provincial offices, will host public outreach clinics in three areas of Steve Tshwete Local Municipality.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 31 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned over reports that violence, as well as incidents of disruption and intimidation have erupted at several university campuses amidst student protests taking place around the country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

30 October 2017

In February 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received a complaint from the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in which they alleged that the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba had made comments that were xenophobic and had the propensity to fuel xenophobic attacks.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 27 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), pays close attention to crime and the impact it has on the rights of ordinary people in South Africa. The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, released the crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday, the 24th October 2017. The Commission is cautiously relieved that crime has dropped by 1.8% overall, however remains concerned that crime levels remain comparatively high with increases in serious crime categories such as murder (up by 1.8%), aggravated robbery  (up by 6.4%), car hijackings (up by 14.5%) and cash-in-transit heists (up by 10.9%).

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 23 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has noted, with great concern, the raid, arrest and detention of human rights defenders who were holding a meeting on 17th October 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Commission understands that at the time of their arrest, these individuals were meeting to explore the possibility of mounting legal challenges to the government’s ban on drop-in centres serving key populations at risk of HIV, as well as the ban on water-based lubricants, an essential HIV prevention tool. These human rights defenders have since been accused of promoting homosexuality, leading to their arrest and detention for merely attempting to assist others in the realisation of fundamental human rights.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 October 2017

The SAHRC’s Gauteng provincial office will be hosting a provincial indaba on access to housing for migrants in Gauteng cities. The purpose of the indaba is to create a platform for actors from various sectors to discuss and provide a structured response to the issue of access to housing for migrants. It is hoped that a multi-sectorial approach to the issue will accelerate the progressive realisation of the right to adequate housing.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will conduct an outreach clinic/ roadshow in the uMhlathuze Local Municipality from 23 – 27 October 2017. The following areas will be visited viz. Mzingazi, Nseleni, Esikhawini, Ngwelezane and Dlangezwa (Vulindlela).  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 20 October 2017

African Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 21 October annually in commemoration of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (the “African Charter”), which came into force on that day in 1985.  

Event: Africa Human Rights Day Venue:  SAHRC Training Centre, Forum 3, Braampark, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein
Date:    Friday, 20 October 2017
Time:    09:45-13:30

R.S.V.P: Tshepo Legodi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: 011 492 1103
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Like the rest of the nation, the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) is shocked by recent reports of sexual violence directed against children, in schools across South Africa. One of these reports is of particular concern as it indicates that 87 children were molested, sexually harassed or otherwise sexually assaulted by a 57 year old school patroller at AB Xuma Primary School in Soweto. The Commission is deeply concerned that this abuse occurred over such a protracted period, that so many children report that they were sexually abused during this time and that the school authorities were either not aware of or ignored the then ongoing abuse. A further report has emerged over the past weekend, of a 17 year old learner who had been raped by a patroller in a separate incident in Pretoria. The Gauteng Department of Education has indicated that at least five separate incidents are under investigation, in Gauteng Province alone.   

Attention: Editors and Reporters

19 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be hosting a media networking session.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be commemorating International Day for the Elderly at Mashishing, Thaba Chweu Local Municipality. The commemoration is hosted under the theme: “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participations of Older Persons in Society.”

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 October 20178

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) in collaboration with the Commission for Gender Equality will host of public outreach clinic (17-18 October 2017) in the Moqhaka Local Municipality. The public outreach clinic will be hosted under the theme ‘Amplifying human rights education in rural and farming communities’.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 16 October 2017

In November 1979, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) hosted its 20th General Conference, where Member States agreed to the annual commemoration of World Food Day (WFD). Each year, WFD events are hosted in over 150 countries under an identified theme to highlight a specific area of concern, globally, with a prevailing focus on hunger and poverty.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has a constitutional mandate, to promote protect, and monitor the observance of human rights in South Africa. In line with this constitutional mandate, the Commission will be hosting a National Conference on the Rights of Children with Disabilities.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will convene a four day investigative hearing from 10th – 13th October 2017 in response to complaints it has received. The hearing arises on the back of recent public unrest in Eldorado Park and the repeated disruption of teaching and learning at Klipspruit West Secondary School.

09 October 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission will conduct a workshop focusing on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered, Intersexed and Queer persons (LGBTIQ) learners to foster a human rights culture in schools and society.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 09th October 2017

 The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will convene a four day investigative hearing from 10th – 13th October 2017 in response to complaints it has received. The hearing arises on the back of recent public unrest in Eldorado Park and the repeated disruption of teaching and learning at Klipspruit West Secondary School.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or the SAHRC) is relieved that the Vuwani shutdown has ended as of Monday the 2nd October 2017. News of the end of the shutdown is particularly pleasing to the Commission as learners are able to return to school. The Commission however, remains cautious in light of the fact that learners have missed a month’s worth of schooling in the wake of the shutdown and is concerned about the impact this may have on learning.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or the SAHRC) has marked with much concern the violence that permeates throughout South African society, including political violence that has the potential to threaten democratic processes within the country.

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