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The South African Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.
The Commission was inaugurated on 02 October 1995 under the Human Rights Commission Act 54 of 1994 and as provided for by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 200 of 1993.
The Constitution is the highest law in the country and it was adopted to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. These rights are listed in the Bill of Rights, in Chapter 2 of the Constitution.
The mandate of the Commission as contained in Section 184 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996 is as follows:
1. The South African Human Rights Commission must –
a) promote respect for human rights and a culture of human rights;
b) promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights; and
c) monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic.
2. The Commission has the powers, as regulated by the national legislation, necessary to perform its functions, including the power -
a) investigate and report on the observance of human rights;
b) take steps and secure appropriate redress where human rights have been
c) carry out research; and
3. Each year, the Commission must require relevant organs of
state to provide the Commission with information on the measures that they have taken
towards the realisation of the rights in the Bill of Rights concerning housing, health
care, food, water, social security,education and the environment.
4. The Commission has the additional powers and functions
prescribed by national legislation.
Transforming society. Securing rights. Restoring dignity.
The Commission as the independent national human rights institution is created to support constitutional democracy through promoting, protecting and monitoring the attainment of everyone's human rights in South Africa without fear, favour or prejudice.
The values of the Commission are: intergrity, honesty, respect, objectivity, Batho Pele Principles, and equality
The South African Human Rights Commission is made up of Commissioners and a Secretariat. Commissioners provide strategic leadership and direct policy. They are appointed by Parliament on a seven-year term and can be reappointed to an additional term.
The Commission is available on social media
Acid Mine Drainage and Human Rights
Special 20th anniversary web page of the OHCHR website
13 June 2013 - Water and Sanitation Hearing (Government Departments respond to Commission's findings on Water and Sanitation)
Pfanelo June Edition
SAHRC Tip-offs Hotline
Report any fraudulent and/or unethical behavior taking place in the Commission anonymously to the SAHRC Tip-offs Line.
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To lodge a human rights violation complaint, click here.
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Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
• Raising awareness;
• Monitoring and assessment;
• Education and training
• Addressing human rights violations
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.
01 June – International Children’s Day
05 June – World Environment Day
15 June – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
09 August – Women’s Day
16 June – Youth Day
20 June – World Refugee Day