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MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 26 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission), will launch its Civil and Political Rights Report 2016/2017 on the 28th June 2017, at 10:00 AM, at the Commission’s Offices in Braampark, Braamfontein. The launch of the report coincides with a seminar that will provide a space for discussion and debate on the state of civil and political rights in South Africa in 2016. The aim of the seminar is to discuss how the Commission, civil society, researchers and government departments can ensure that the civil and political rights contained in the South African Constitution are implemented.
MEDIA STATEMENT

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 26 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is extremely concerned by the accounts of Metrorail commuters, in an article published by the City Press on Sunday, 25th June 2017, entitled, “Groped, doped on the train”.
Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 26 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission can confirm that the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has met with SAHRC to discuss the SAHRC’s findings on the provision of cancer treatment at Addington Hospital and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALC Hospital) in KwaZulu Natal.
Thursday, 22 June 2017

The South African Human Rights would like to express its extreme concern about the destruction of Mangaung City Hall in Bloemfontein on 21 June 2017.

“The SAHRC supports the constitutionally guaranteed right of people to protest and further supports the rights of workers to organise and protest around their rights.  However, the Commission is unequivocal that in exercising their civil and political right to protest people should not violate the rights of others, nor engage in the destruction of property and public infrastructure,” said Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson of the SAHRC.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) recognises the significance of World Refugee Day, which is commemorated on the 20th June 2017.

15th June 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The globally acclaimed exhibition entitled: I Decide = I Am opens for the first time in South Africa at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on 19 June 2017. The thought provoking pictorial images by illustrator Nadezhda Georgieva, and award winning journalist Yana Buhrer Tavanier, featuring art works by Daniel Mosako which pieces together the Life Esidimeni tragedy. The exhibition is infused with poignant audio narratives in vernacular, of persons living with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities telling their stories of life without voice, choice and control.
MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 15 June 2017

On or about 19 February 2016, the Commission received a written complaint raising a number of challenges regarding the provision of health care services to oncology patients in the KZN Province.

Media Release: SAHRC with Nyanga CPF Community hosts dialogue on Crime and its Impact on Social Cohesion

Attention: Editors and Reporters

15 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), together with the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) will be hosting a multi-sectoral community dialogue in Cape Town.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The commemoration of the Day of the African Child coincides with Youth Day, on 16 June every year.  The Day of the African Child has been commemorated since 1991, when it was first initiated by the African Union (AU) which was previously known as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), to honour the youth who participated in the Soweto Uprising of 1976.
Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 12 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) recognises and commemorates World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June 2017.  

World Day Against Child Labour was launched by the ILO on 12 June 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 9 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the Randburg Equality Court’s judgment, handed down on 8 June 2017, in the matter of Mkhondo & SAHRC v Vicky Momberg.  The Court has found Ms Momberg guilty of hate speech in terms of Section 10 of the Equality Act, and further found that Constable Mkhondo’s right to human dignity were infringed upon.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 2 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) recognises National Child Protection Week which is marked annually to raise awareness about the rights of children. Child Protection Week is a precursor Youth Month, celebrated and recognised in South Africa.  The Constitution enjoins us all to act in the best interests of the child.  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 26 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) expresses its concern about violent protests around the country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 25 May 2017

This week, as the world commemorates and celebrates Africa Day, representatives of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from across the African continent will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss and strengthen their understanding of some of the most pressing human rights challenges facing the continent today.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) wishes everyone a Happy Africa Day. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – the precursor to the African Union - on 25th May 1963.
This year’s theme for this important day is: ‘Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth.’
23 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) recognises that people with disabilities can make up a significant portion of South Africa’s productive workforce – if barriers preventing them from actively participating in employment are identified and removed.
15th May 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be participating in an engagement with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
 
Thursday, 11 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the judgment by the North Gauteng High Court compelling the Madibeng Municipality, MEC for Local Government & Human Settlement, and Minister of Water and Sanitation & Minister of Health, to provide adequate water to the Community of Klipgat C.
01 May 2017

Efforts to identify the 12-year-old boy whose death apparently led to riots and looting in Coligny in North West are continuing.
MEDIA STATEMENT:

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission is aware of an electronic communication currently being circulated that warns members of the public that, from today onwards, all calls will be monitored and all communications on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook and other forms of social media are being monitored by the police. It warns the members of the public not to forward any posts or videos they receive regarding politics and the present situation about the government. It suggests that there is a new communications law referred to as “Cyber Crime” allegedly being applied by the police to monitor to record phone communications, including on social media, and other electronic communications.  
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