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General Reports


SAHRC Key highlights of the international and regional human rights mechanisms during 2022
Migration and Civil and Political Rights in South Africa 

National Conference Marking 110 years of the Native Land Act

Social Media Charter

National Conference Local Government Accountability Service Delivery and Human Rights


SA Human Rights Commission Others v The City of Cape Town Others

Imbizo – A Nation in Dialogue: Reflecting on the July 2021 Unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

2019 - 2020 Trends Analysis Report


2nd National Conference on Racism: Towards Social Cohesion, Non-racialism, and the Eradication of Racial Polarisation and Tension

Letters on Water and Sanitation to MECs

Report on Water and Sanitation in Schools

The Right to Read and Write Report

Western Cape Education Department School Admission Response to the SAHRC

2020-2021 State of Human Rights Report – Towards Ensuring the Right to Adequate Housing through the Upgrading of Informal Settlements.


Uniting Nations: A Snapshot of the Key International and Regional Human Rights Mechanisms Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic during 2020


Call for Submissions on the Discussion Paper on role of CSOs in the NPM

Calling for written submissions on the discussion paper relating to the role of civil society in the work of the NPM. Submissions should be directed to Dr Kwanele Pakati through Ms Sibongiseni Tula at stula@sahrc.org.za. Submissions are due on or before Friday, 23 October 2020. Once submissions have been received and consolidated, a stakeholder engagement will be scheduled.

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Proactive Disclosure of Information and Elections in South Africa, September 2020
State of Human Rights in Gauteng report, March 2020


Report on the State of Human Rights in South Africa 2019

Dialougue on Human Rights and Policing - 12 September 2019, Johannesburg

SAHRC Position Paper on Access to a Basic Education for Undocumented Learners in South Africa, September 2019


Business and Human Rights Dialogue, March 2018

Report on a Dialogue on Human Rights and Policing May 2018

Research Brief - The Status of Human Rights

Defenders in South Africa, April 2018

Research Brief - Unpacking the gaps and challenges in addressing gender-based violence in South Africa, April 2018
Thematic Discussion Paper on SOGIE based violence and discrimination in SA, February 2018
NANHRI & SAHRC In-Country Meeting On Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, November 2017


Research Brief on Race and Equality in South Africa 2013 to 2017

SAHRC Research Brief on Disability and Equality in South Africa 2013-2017

Research Brief on Gender and Equality in South Africa 2013-2017

Civil and Political Rights (Full Report)

Civil and Political Rights (Executive Summary)

Human Rights Impact of Unsecured Lending and Debt Collection Practices in South Africa


Disability Monitoring Framework and guidelines

SAHRC Midrand Declaration against Racism

Global Goals For Every Child

SPII SAHRC Guide to Budget Analysis for Socio-Economic Rights



Disability Toolkit for private sector

Monitoring Framework

Annual Trends Analysis for the 2013/14

Human Rights and Business Country Guide


Social Exclusion and Poverty Traps among Children in South Africa

  1. Full report

  2. Summary


Acid Mine Drainage and Human Rights

Charter of Basic Education Rights


SA Children: A Review of Equity and Child Rights


Critically reflecting on an institutional journey 2002 - 2009

Millenium Development Goals and the Realisation of Economic and Social Rights in South Africa

Report on Site Visit to Makopane


Mining-related observations and recommendations: Anglo Platinum, Affected Communities and other Stakeholders, in and around the PPL Mine, Limpopo

Human Rights Development Report

Public Forum on Exclusive Organisations

The Golden Key Awards

World Refugee Day


Crime and its Impact on Human Rights
•  Dialogues

Report of the ad hoc Committee on the review of Chapter 9 and Associated Institutions


Annual Human Rights Lecture

Compliance with the Provisions of the International Convention Against all forms of Racial Discrimmination

Reflections and Democracy and Human Rights

Human Rights Week

Discussion on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading  Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)


Site Visits to Eastern Cape Hospitals


Child Sexual Offences

Enquiry into Racism and Racial Discrimmination in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Towards a Barrier Free Society

The Process of the Substitution of the Death Penalty


Xenophobia and Related Intolerances

Developing and Adopting a Comprehensive National Action Plan and Strategy to Combat Racism

The National Action Plan and Strategy to Combat Human Rights


Human Rights Resource Catalogue

Millenium Statement on Racism and Programme of Action

Towards the Development of a Focal Point For Children in the SAHRC


Conference on Racial Integration in Schools

Report into the Arrest and Detention of Suspected Undocumented Migrants

Nutrition as Human Rights

Workshop on Open and Accountable Democracy
Workshop Manual - Building a Culture of Human Rights


National Prisons Project of the SAHRC


An SAHRC Policy Paper #5 Disability

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