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SAHRC Report: Violence against Non-Nationals

Please find the report released by the South African Human Rights Commission following attacks against Non-Nationals in 2008.

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Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals

Joint Media Statement by The Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy


For immediate release: Friday, 17 April 2015
Attention: Editors, Reporters, Journalists and News Desks

Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals

We, the Chairpersons of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission), Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC), Office of the Public Protector (OPP), Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB), Public Service Commission (PSC), and the Auditor-General (AG) of South Africa, wish to categorically express our utter dismay and condemnation of the widespread violent attacks, including the killing,  of foreign nationals currently residing in our country.
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MEDIA STATEMENT: SAHRC condemns xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17th April 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission expresses strong condemnation at the spate of violence and verbal attacks of foreign national across the country.

The Commission cautions that these attacks are incompatible with the values of our Constitution and pose a real threat to our democracy. Lessons drawn from the 2008 xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, as well as other conflicts within the region, clearly show the potential of such conduct degenerating into other opportunistic attacks on fellow citizens that could weaken and indeed reverses democratic gains, the economy, South Africa’s standing internationally most importantly basic respect for human rights that South Africa has achieved so far. It is regrettable that the findings and recommendations by the Commission in its 2009 report on Xenophobic attacks which drew special emphasis on the need for early warning systems, heightened protection of foreign nationals, reintegration, wide education programme, access to justice and reparation based on the events of 2008 has not been responded to by the relevant government departments.

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Call for service provider to develop monitoring framework on Disability Toolkit

The South African Human Rights Commission is calling for a service provider to develop monitoring framework on Disability Toolkit. We have produced the toolkit, the call is for inclusion of the monitoring frameworks. For more information e-mail:kseretse@sahrc.org.za.

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Equality Courts orders Sunette Bridges to ensure she does not promote hate speech, harassment and violence on her Facebook page

31 March 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges have reached an agreement in their matter heard before the Equality Court of South Africa.  The SAHRC, Western Cape, lodged a case at the Equality Court against Bridges during 2014 concerning the allegedly racist nature of the commentary on her Facebook page.
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Vacancies

The South African Human Rights Commission is searching for talented individuals who are committed to shaping the future of South Africa.

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SAHRC holds a hearing into Emergency Medical Services challenges in the Eastern Cape

25th March 2015


The South African Human Rights Commission has today started with a two-day Provincial Hearing in to the challenges facing access to Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape.

The Commission decided to hold this Hearing following systemic problems with regards to the provision of health services in the province.

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Media Invite: SAHRC hosts business and human rights roundtable discussion focusing on ensuring an inclusive work environment for Persons with disabilities

12 March 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a business and human rights roundtable discussion under the theme ‘Business and Human Rights: Ensuring an inclusive work environment for Persons with disabilities’. The roundtable discussion will be hosted on Tuesday 17th March 2015.

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SAHRC launches Human Rights and Business Country Guide to sensitise business to key human rights shortcomings in SA

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission), together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, has published a Business and Human Rights Country Guide (Country guide) for South Africa. This country document will provide guidance to companies on how they can promote and respect human rights in South Africa.

The country guide provides an insight into how business can relate with the labour, and land and property sectors. This is to sensitise business to key events highlighting shortcoming between business and human rights, such as Marikana and labour brokering. The country guide also canvasses challenges in the security and conflict area, which impacts on, inter alia, the right to life and labour protests that, at times, turn violent.

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Business and Human Rights roundtable discussion focusing on ensuring an inclusive work environment for Persons with disabilities

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SAHRC media statement on the allegations of green cards for workers in Worcester, Western Cape

11 March 2015

Attention: Editors and reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the allegations arising in the media regarding the adoption of a “green card” system by a community policing forum in the Western Cape, to regulate the movement of workers within the area’s more affluent suburbs.

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MEDIA STATEMENTS

Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals
SAHRC condemns xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals
Equality Courts orders Sunette Bridges to ensure she does not promote hate speech, harassment and violence on her Facebook page
SAHRC holds a hearing into Emergency Medical Services challenges in the Eastern Cape
SAHRC hosts a two day national hearing on access to emergency medical services in the Eastern Cape


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