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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (the Commission or KNCHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) established under Article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and the KNCHRAct, 2011. The Commission's mandate is the promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya.

01 May 2019

Introducing the report, John Jeffery, Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa, recalled that the horror of torture was embedded in South Africa’s history and that its past bore memories of widespread and institutionalized torture, which for the apartheid security forces had been a matter of routine.  South Africa had enacted the Prevention and Combatting of Torture of Person Act in 2013, while the amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act had removed the previous 20-year statute of limitation in respect of torture.  The principle of non-refoulement had been firmly codified in the Anti-Torture Act and the Refugees Act. 
2 May 2019

Mayor Zandile failed to attend an on-site inspection of the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi.
Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga has lashed out at eThekwini Metro Mayor Zandile Gumede after her office failed to attend an on-site inspection of the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi this past Tuesday.
The hostel visit was meant to establish how much progress the municipality has made since meeting with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Malunga’s office on March 14.
Malunga says the municipality has failed to maintain the upkeep of the hostel and the hostel dwellers are living in inhumane conditions.
 
Source: SABC
02 May 2019
 
Representatives of the Hornlee community in Knysna say they and the town council have been summoned to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission for a hearing over the disputed installation of prepaid water meters in their area.
01 May 2019
 
Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa's biggest hospital, where the country's dire healthcare crisis is starkly evident.
01 May 2019

The Equality Court heard the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Human Rights Commission argue that the old flag is the most visible remaining symbol of apartheid and white supremacy, and its display was equivalent to hate speech, while Afriforum – while agreeing the flag should not be displayed – argued it should not be equated to hate speech.
30 April 2019

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is arguing before the Equality Court against the gratuitous displays of the apartheid flag and wants them declared hate speech.
30 April 2019

Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga has lashed out at eThekwini Metro Mayor Zandile Gumede after her office failed to attend an on-site inspection of the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi on Tuesday.
29 April 2019

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has approached the Equality Court seeking an order declaring that the public display of South Africa’s apartheid-era flag constitutes unfair discrimination, hate speech and harassment. AfriForum argues that banning the old flag could set a bad precedent.
29 April 2019

Communicare tenants have taken their complaints of disproportionately high rental increases and utility services to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
26 April 2019

Hundreds of detainees in police station and court cells were reporting torture, cruelty as well as degrading treatment.
Pretoria - Hundreds of detainees in police station and court cells were reporting torture, cruelty as well as degrading treatment and punishments.
This was due to system faults as there were no regular station and cell inspections by people independent of the SAPS to ensure detainees were held and treated in accordance with the law.
26 April 2019

Durban - TWO men accused of inciting racial hatred said they stood by their words despite being found guilty by the Equality Court.
Last week, magistrate John Sanders found Phumlani Mfeka and Zweli Sangweni of the Mazibuye African Forum guilty of hate speech for comments made in articles and interviews in 2013/14.
26 April 2019

Provincial Chairperson of the SAHRC, Buang Jones, said they are an institution that is transparent. Addressing a full hall last week, Jones said theirs is to facilitate on a constructive engagement between the community, local government and other stakeholders.
24 April 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission is calling for an investigation into the conduct of an Emfuleni Municipal official. The South African Human Rights Commission has called for the Emfuleni municipality to investigate allegations that a municipal official was involved in soliciting funds from unlawful land occupiers in the Rust-Ter-Vaal informal settlement in return for their continued residence on the land.
ANC chairperson of Emfuleni municipality’s ward 16, Madoda Mkhombeni, has come under fire with other ANC members after it was reported that they were behind land invasions in the area.
20 April 2019

Johannesburg City manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni made submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) inquiry regarding the recent spate of protests in Alexandra.
19 Apr 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission says the eviction of people living on farms and informal settlements is a matter of great concern.
19 April 2019

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it plans on being a mediator between disadvantaged communities and the relevant government departments on issues of service delivery.
19 April 2019
 
Inquiry follows spate of protests in township
 
Johannesburg City Manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni made submissions at an inquiry conducted by the South African Human Rights Commission on what services the City has provided to Alexandra. Photo: Zoë Postman.
19 April 2019


JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it plans on being a mediator between disadvantaged communities and the relevant government departments on issues of service delivery.The commission held its first day of an inquiry into service delivery in Alexandra on Thursday.
18 April 2019

Alexandra residents have been protesting over the mushrooming of illegal structures and lack of service delivery in the township.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will convene an inquiry on Thursday in an attempt to find a lasting solution to the issues faced by Alexandra residents, north of Johannesburg.
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