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South Africa celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

03 December 2018

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Friday 07 December 2018, deliver a keynote address at the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg.
The event will also be attended by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet.
On 10 December 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and on the same day in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa was signed into law by former President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela. The UDHR and the Constitution of South Africa share much in common in spirit, principles and values as statements of intent by humanity to stand up, promote and protect the rights to equality and freedom from discrimination of all people.
The commemoration is particularly significant as it coincides with the centenary celebrations of struggle stalwarts and human rights activists, Mr Nelson Mandela and Mrs Albertina Sisulu.
The UDHR is a milestone document which underpins all international human rights law and was drafted by representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds from across the world. It continues to inspire the achievement of freedom, equality and dignity.
The commemoration is a joint initiative by the government of South Africa, international bodies such as the Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Foundation for Human Rights, the European Union, the South African Human Rights Commission and other key partners who actively promote human rights in the country.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: 07 December 2018
Time: 08h30
Venue: Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, Gauteng
For accreditation:
Members of the media are advised to provide:
·       Full name/s
·       ID number
·       Contact telephone and cellphone numbers
·       Name of the media house they represent.
The above information is required before end of business on 3 December 2018. Kindly submit to Mr. Solomon Kganyago on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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