Home Contact Us Maps Links


MALAMULELE: Protesters should respect rights of others including children to school

20 January 2015.

Attention: All Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission would like to express its concern over the situation in Malamulele, Limpopo, where, as reported in some radio stations children were forced out of schools, and by those who claim to be in a struggle to force government to establish a separate municipality for Malamulele district.
Read more

SAHRC welcomes Government's decision to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

18 January 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision by the South African government to ratify the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The decision by government, which was effected this past week, on the 12th January 2015, should be commended as it ensures that South Africa is finally able to honor its international obligations and to consolidate its commitment to alleviate poverty and ensure social justice for all.

Read more


Vacancies

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

Read more

Media Statement: SAHRC matter between the Lotzes and M-Net

Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 12 December 2014

“The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received a complaint from Professor Lotz relating to a 2008 Carte Blanche programme which broadcast pictures of his deceased daughter’s body. The programme was broadcast without prior notification to the parents and caused them both severe distress and trauma.

Click here to access the report
Read more

Media Statement:  University of Pretoria and students reach a settlement

Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 12 December 2014

In December 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission successfully mediated a dispute between the University of Pretoria and two university students who painted their faces black to attend a 21st dress up party.

During the mediation, the students shared their experiences following posting photographs of themselves on Facebook. The students explained that they did not mean to cause harm by their actions.

Read more

Business and Human Rights Dialogue on Migration Presentations

The South African Human Rights Commission held a two day Business and Human Rights Dialogue on Migration from 08-09 December 2014 to assess challenges faced by small business owners who are foreign nationals since the 2008 xenophobic attacks.

Non-nationals came in their numbers to the dialogue
Below are the presentations from the dialogue.
1. Opening Address by SAHRC Chairperson, Adv Mushwana.
2. City of Joburg: Experiences in regulating, documenting and protecting the businesses of non-nationals.
2. Department of Home Affairs.
3. The role of the SAPS in protecting foreign nationals.
4. SAHRC presentation by Research Unit

Time for a peaceful revolution
Opinion piece by Commissioner Pregs Govender, SAHRC Deputy Chairperson

From high-profile cases to cases that never make the headlines, it is clear that there is no ceasefire of the war in homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Patriarchs, from pulpits and podiums, attack the dignity of people who do not conform to militarized masculinity and submissive femininity. Every day we hear of misogynistic attacks on babies, children, heterosexual and lesbian women and people who are gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.

The international campaign of 16 days of activism to end gender violence began on 25 November 2014, the international day against violence against women. This global solidarity campaign was initiated 23 years ago in 1991. The year before, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and led the ANC in intense negotiations with the Apartheid regime. Those negotiations, together with active civil society campaigns, ensured that racist threats of civil war were successfully averted and SA developed a Constitution that committed to a non-sexist society in which women could enjoy the rights to bodily integrity and substantive gender equality.

Read more






Twenty-five years of children's rights

November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). On November 20 1989 government representatives from across the world gathered at the UN General Assembly to formalise an international treaty that would hold nations to a set of rules ensuring that the rights of children are protected.

The CRC sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children and has three optional protocols dealing with: the involvement of children in armed conflict; the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution; and a communications procedure for complaints. To date 194 countries have ratified the CRC, making it the most ratified UN treaty.

Read more

Land Restitution Report

The South African Human Rights Commission's Land Restitution Report is available for download, please click below to access the report.


Click here to access the report


The Commission is available on social media

SAHRC TWITTER.jpg One.jpg @SAHRCommission

Facebook-Icon.jpg SA Human Rights Commission

YOU1.png SAHRC 1


Complaints banner on top.jpg


PAIA section 14 Manual.jpg


MEDIA STATEMENTS

MALAMULELE: Protesters should respect rights of others including children to school
SAHRC welcomes Government's decision to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
University of Pretoria and students reach a settlement
The Lotzes express gratitude for the work done by the Commission over their matter with M-Net
SAHRC launches report on challenges affecting land restitution


SAHRC NEWSLETTER

Pfanelo Janury Edition



SAHRC Tip-offs Hotline

Report any fraudulent and/or unethical behavior taking place in the Commission anonymously to the SAHRC Tip-offs Line.

FreeCall: 0800 222 365
Email: sahrc@tip-offs.com
FreeFax: 0800 00 77 88
FreePost: KZN 138, Umhlanga Rocks 4320
Website: www.tip-offs.com

To lodge a human rights violation complaint, click here.

Independently managed by Office of the Public Service Commission.


 

SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

The SAHRC promotes, protects and monitors human rights in South Africa. It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implemen-
tation of PAIA.

Calendar

08 March – International Women’s Day
21 March - Human Rights Day
27 April – Freedom day
1 May - Workers day
03 May – World Press Freedom Day

[See more]