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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

25 May‎ ‎2020

Pretoria - From this week, the South African Human Rights Commission will be seeing to it that the Department of Basic Education lives up to its promise of ensuring the safety and readiness to reopen schools across the country.
Commissioner, advocate Andre Gaum said they would be starting the nationwide monitoring of schools' readiness.
22 May 2020

The organisation said it received numerous pleas from the foreign nationals, who included LGBT people who fled their countries escaping persecution.
20 May 2020
Displaced people who were moved from all around Western Cape to the shelter at Strandfontein Sports Field. (Photo: Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)  Less

The gloves are off as the dispute between the South African Human Rights Commission and the City of Cape Town over conditions at the soon-to-be-closed Strandfontein shelter for homeless and vulnerable people heads to the Western Cape High Court.
15 May 2020
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating more than 200 complaints related to the lockdown.
Its head of strategic support and governance, Siyasanga Giyose, told the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services the declaration of a national state of disaster came with "huge human rights implications".
12 May 2020

Cape Town – The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating a complaint lodged against Shoprite in Langa, which was forced by residents to close at the weekend after two cashiers tested positive for Covid-19.
The residents had taken issue with the store allegedly continuing to operate, despite the cases.
11 May 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission is investigating an incident in which a frozen-food business from Musina circulated an advertisement perceived to be offending the rights and dignity of domestic workers.
The way the last part of the advert is penned depicts domestic workers as individuals who should feed on chicken necks, gizzards, heads, and feet.
10 May 2020
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Saturday welcomed the government’s decision to grant parole to at least 19,000 inmates in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
9 May 2020

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has urged government to ensure that all people who have been arrested for petty offences under the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown regulations be released and warned to appear in court on a future date.
The SAHRC welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa this week on the decision to place on parole selected categories of sentenced offenders, the commission said in a statement.
06 May 2020
In Khayelitsha today hundreds of people stood in a long queue while 50 people were let into the supermarket at a time to redeem their monthly grant from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is "deeply concerned" about the circumstances around the provision of grants to the elderly and disabled on Monday.
06 May 2020

Johannesburg - The South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC) has called on the black woman who was called a k****r by a white woman during an altercation following a bumper bash in Gauteng to open a case.
05 May 2020

The Human Rights Commission has expressed concern with the challenges experienced in the payment of social grants to pensioners and people with disabilities.
28 April 2020
Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has made scathing findings of conditions at the Strandfontein Sports complex where thousands of homeless people are housed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The SAHRC has recommended that the site be closed down.

Commissioner Chris Nissen said: “We received a report independently produced by NGOs we were working with. The assessment of the site and the report recommended that the site be decommissioned. We’re gathering all the information of the report and will be meeting with the City.”
The team recommended that immediate improvements take place at the site; provision be made to ensure the daily presence of medical personnel to assess occupants in each tent and manage referrals to the on-site health services; safety and security measures be implemented, especially for women and transgenders; and a phased closure of the site as a Covid-19 shelter, with a stop to any further admissions.
It also recommended that a multi-sectoral task team led by the City be urgently established, including representatives from the street people now staying at Strandfontein, civil society organisations, the local Strandfontein community and representatives from civil society.
“One of our biggest concerns is safety and security, along with health services. Our main issue is that they have no hourly medical services on standby and no proper assessment being done on the health and well- being of the homeless staying there,” Nissen said. He said he had been pressing authorities to say what would happen after lockdown ends.

Source: 24/7News Africa
Monday 27 April 2020 - 4:05pm
JOHANNESBURG - The SAHRC is reminding security forces to uphold human rights and people to adhere to lockdown conditions.
The SA Human Rights Commission says it has been made aware of a raid on a mosque in Mpumalanga conducted by the police.
22 April 2020

CAPE TOWN – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will weigh in on allegations that Africans are being discriminated against in China amid coronavirus fears.
21 April 2020

The City of Johannesburg has halted the demolition of illegal shacks in Lawley following talks with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
21 April 2020
Shacks being destroyed at a Lawley squatter camp outside Ennerdale in Johannesburg, 16 April 2020, by Red Ants under the watch of JMPD on the 21st day of the national shutdown. Picture: Nigel Sibanda
It can’t be true that the majority of people occupied the land during the lockdown period, said Buang Jones, the SAHRC’s provincial head.
21 April 2020

PRETORIA, April 21 (ANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday said it had reached an agreement with City of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo to halt the demolition of residents’ houses in Lawley.
20 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be engaging with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) to reinforce the call for China to act over allegations that African nationals are being mistreated and discriminated against in the country.
20 April 2020

Commissioner Chris Nissen who visited the area said there were still issues inside the camp.
19 Apr 2020

JOHANNESBURG, April 19 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for non-discrimination in the global struggle against the coronavirus (Covid-19).
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