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Request for proposals to review 20 years of the SAHRC

The SAHRC is requesting proposals to conduct a review of the past 20 years of the SAHRC.
•    Produce a documentary film chronicling 20 years of the SAHRC
•    Draft an accompanying report on the 20 years of the SAHRC with the documentary

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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 welcomes amendment to gym's rules to specifically prohibit racism

MEDIA STATEMENT

18 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes an amendment to the rules of the Bedfordview Planet Fitness gym.

The gym’s rules now specifically prohibit racism, as well as discriminatory language based on amongst other grounds sex, gender and social origin. This amendment will now be made in all Planet Fitness gym rules. It signals an important step in the right direction by private business in respecting and promoting human rights.

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SAHRC challenges the powers and human rights violations in micro-lending

MEDIA STATEMENT

15th February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is extremely concerned about the constitutionality and impact of the provisions of the Emolument Attachment Orders (“EAOs”) as articulated in the Magistrates Court Act 32 of 1944(MCA) on the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized amongst other groups including, but not limited to, the pensioners and women.  In terms of the EAO a person’s salary, may be attached should they be in arrears and fail to make alternative arrangements regarding the settling of the debt.

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SAHRC concerned about chaos during SONA, calls on investigation into jamming of internet

14 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission witnessed and observed with great astonishment and disappointment the chaotic events that occurred during the SONA on Thursday, three days after the 25th anniversary of the historic release of the icon of our democracy, Nelson Mandela.

It is not our intention to apportion blame to any or all of the political parties who were involved in the SONA debate which was subsequently marred by chaotic events bordering on the overt threat to our democracy and indeed our most widely revered Constitution.

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SAHRC calls on Government to act quick on xenophobic tensions
MEDIA STATEMENT

02nd February 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) continues to monitor the sporadic attacks on migrants and the looting of their businesses across the country. The Commission visited some of the communities affected by the attacks and held meetings with stakeholders, including the police.
We remain concerned at the attacks which have all the hallmarks of xenophobia, since only foreigners and their property seem to be targeted, save for the few nationals who were also caught in the cross-fire.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Land Restitution Report

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


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MEDIA STATEMENTS

SAHRC welcomes amendment to gym's rules to specifically prohibit racism
SAHRC challenges the powers and human rights violations in micro-lending
SAHRC concerned about chaos during SONA, calls on investigation into jamming of internet
SAHRC calls on Government to act quick on xenophobic tensions
MALAMULELE: Protesters should respect rights of others including children to school


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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

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