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SAHRC: Concept of ‘unity in diversity’ not as alive as it should be

23 March 2021

According to the commission, complaints of human rights violations have seen an uptick of 13% over the past year.

Human Rights Commissioner Andre Gaum said most grievances related to equality and hate speech.

“It is quite a concern that the whole principle of unity and diversity is not that alive and well as it should be.”

He said the pandemic and subsequent lockdown had undoubtedly had a major negative impact on the rights of residents.

Gaum said this raised questions around whether the restrictions were reasonable and justifiable limitations in an open and democratic society.

He adds the social and economic well-being of millions took centre stage.

“In particular in a country like South Africa, especially with a very negative impact on the poor, on employment, the creation of employment, on equality as such.”

Source: EWN

The South African Human Rights Commission.

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