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15 March 2019

Cape Town – This year’s Anti-Racism Week continued placing a greater focus on schools and would host a series of dialogues in various parts of the country.
Anti-Racism Week is held annually from March 14 until 21, culminating on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
13 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus
Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights.
13 March 2019
    

The Free State office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will soon become a law clinic in order to better deal with local cases brought forward to the commission. This is according to Provincial Manager Thabang Kheswa, during a briefing about the SAHRC’s operations in the coming year.
12 March 2019


The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate the numerous allegations of corporal punishment made against Paarl Boys' High School, the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) said on Monday.
"Given the number of allegations that have been made and the fact that parents are not allowing their children to testify, the MEC (Debbie Schäfer) has requested the assistance of the [SAHRC] to investigate, and they have agreed," said Schäfer's spokesperson, Jessica Shelver.
9 March 2019

The International Conference of Information Commissioners will start on Sunday.
Information regulators from around the globe are set to meet in Johannesburg from the 10-13 March 2019 at the Vodacom Commercial Park for the International Conference of Information Commissioners (the ICIC2019).
The conference is an international gathering of Information Commissioners from more than 25 countries and representing all continents, who will gather to discuss the right of access to information (RTI).
08 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says issues relating to human rights violations at schools is of great concern.

This, as the commission’s Free State Manager, Thabang Kheswa, has confirmed that they are also investigating a number of cases relating to racism in schools.
7 March 2019

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) made surprise school inspections in Mfuleni on Tuesday, following reports and complaints of overcrowding and a lack of teachers. Andre Guam of the commission is interviewed to speak about the extent of the lack of infrastructure and educators. Click here for the podcast
7 March 2019

After six years of being carried around, a local granny has got her sense of freedom back after receiving a wheelchair on Wednesday at Letaba Special School outside Tzaneen.
6th March 2019

Information regulators from around the globe are set to meet in Johannesburg from the 10-13 March 2019 at the Vodacom Commercial Park for the International Conference of Information Commissioners (the ICIC2019), an international gathering of Information Commissioners from more than twenty five (25) countries and representing all continents, who will gather to discuss the right of access to information (RTI).  The right to information is provided for in a number of human rights instruments internationally and regionally,  and in national constitutions globally.
6 March 2019

Media Watchdog, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has called on the South African  Human Rights Commission to investigate any instances of hate speech against veteran journalist, Karima Brown, amid a social media onslaught against her.
Brown accidentally posted an editorial note on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Whatsapp group directing colleagues to monitor the party’s event in Gauteng’s East Rand.
6 March 2019

Cape Town – South African Human Rights commissioners (SAHRC) André Gaum and Chris Nissen reacted with shock at the conditions under which pupils at Tsitsa and Nalikamva primary schools in Mfuleni were taught.
Yesterday, they witnessed first-hand how teachers dealt with more than 100 pupils each day.
5 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomed the Cabinet decision of February 28, to refer the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) to Parliament.
“The Commission would like to commend the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Honourable John Jeffery for his role and support in this regard,” SAHRC spokesperson Gail Smith said in a statement.
4 March 2019

South Africa signed OPCAT in September 2006, but was yet to ratify the protocol, the SAHRC said.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday welcomed the Cabinet’s referral for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) to parliament.
3 March 2019

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says human rights violations have increased in South Africa. The commission says one of the contributing factors is the fact that many South Africans have no respect for the rule of law.
01 March 2019

Amid a surge in racism, the South African Government on Thursday announced the approval of the long-awaited National Action Plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
26 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has welcomed a decision by the Equality Court, which ordered a Springs family to pay a former worker R200,000 in damages after force-feeding him faeces. Joseph Mona was allegedly called a "useless k****r" by his employer‚ Harry Leicester‚ in December 2017 after he failed to switch on a septic tank pump.
26 February 2019

Concerns regarding the lack of water and adequate sanitation in the North West will come under the spotlight when the provincial department of local government and human settlements meet with the municipality of Bojanala on Tuesday.
26 February 2019

DURBAN - The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) yesterday announced the court date when the matter of whether gratuitous displays of the old official flag of apartheid South Africa constitutes hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race will be heard.
In February 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that it had made an application to the Equality Court for an order declaring this.
23 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on SuperSport employees to make submissions that could help in its investigations into allegations of racism. The call comes after former Springbok winger, Ashwin Willemse, made racism allegations against two of his colleagues Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.
23 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the increasing cases of sexual abuse at schools.

The commission yesterday visited the Curro Academy in Mahikeng, North West, following reports that a nine-year-old boy was raped at the school while waiting for transport. The school failed to produce CCTV footage of the school's premises showing the incident due to load-shedding occurring during the alleged incident.
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