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MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 18 August 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) welcomes the judgment delivered today by the South Gauteng High Court (Equality Court) in the South African Human Rights Commission & 3 Others v Jon Qwelane matter (case number 44/2009EQ).

 18th August 2017

 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

 The South African Human Rights Commission(SAHRC) invites members of the media to a press briefing on the Jon Qwelane’ s hate speech Judgment that is due to be delivered at the South Gauteng Equality Court today.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 08 August 2017

On the 13th September 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and the 9th August 2017, marks the tenth anniversary of this Declaration. The Declaration was adopted as a global framework for efforts to advance the rights of indigenous people by affirming the minimum standards for their survival, dignity, security and wellbeing. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

National Women’s Day offers an opportunity to recognise the struggle for substantive gender equality in South Africa; to celebrate acts of courage by women who played a remarkable role in our history; to reflect on progress made in the achievement of equality for women and girls; and to advocate for change.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 03 August 2017

On Monday 31st July 2017, the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission), Advocate Bongani Majola, after consideration of the matter, decided to act on disturbing and offensive statements contained in the open letter by Mr Edward Zuma.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) condemns the decision taken by a number of schools to embark on a go-slow in solidarity with Klipspruit Secondary School in Soweto.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 28 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has become aware of an open letter purported to have been authored by Mr Edward Zuma. The Commission finds the contents of this letter, in particular statements that promote hatred on the basis of race offensive and disturbing and a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression as articulated in section 16 of the Constitution.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) will visit Windsor House Academy in Kempton Park, today, 26th July 2017, following media reports of a group of learners being expelled on Monday, allegedly due to their hairstyles.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Monday, 24 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) recognises the legitimate concerns of the community of Imizamo Yethu, relating to housing as well as their right to protest as guaranteed in section 17 of the Bill of Rights, Chapter 2, of the Constitution. The Commission is concerned that this community’s concerns are far too common place throughout South Africa, with many other communities receiving poor service delivery, which results in denial of access to essential socio-economic rights.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Equality Court for the District of the Cape, sitting in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, on the 14th July 2017, has once again confirmed that the use of the ‘K-word’, as a derogatory racial epithet, is in fact unlawful and bears consequences.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) is encouraged that the Thabazimbi Equality Court has reconfirmed that the use of the ‘k-word’, as a racial epitaph, is unlawful and that those who continue to use it will be held to account.

Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 17 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) strongly condemns the irresponsible utterances by the Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi. On Friday the 14th July 2017, the Deputy Minister, while addressing concerns around crime and hijacked buildings in Johannesburg, Hillbrow in particular, was quoted by media as saying that: “How can a city in South Africa be 80% foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.”

MEDIA INVITE:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 July 2017

On 11, 12 and 13 July 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission will host roadshows in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

These roadshows are expected to serve as a platform to amplify awareness on pertinent issues relating to access to justice, the Commission’s child friendly complaints handling procedure and access to information. The roadshows are centered on the theme ‘amplifying human rights education in rural and farming communities’.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Friday, 7 July 2017
 
The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) notes the judgment handed down by the International Criminal Court, finding that the South African Government had violated the Rome Statute for failing to arrest Sudanese President, Omar Al Bashir, for crimes against humanity.

Media Statement:

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

 Monday, 5 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) welcomes a judgment handed down by the Equality Court at the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court in favour of an asylum seeker, who had approached the Commission for relief.

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Monday, 3 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) wishes to express its grave concern about the targeting and intimidation of journalists by the Black First Land First (BFLF) group and the threats by BFLF to protest at the homes and places or worship of members of the media.
Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 3 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission can confirm that it has received a response from the MEC of Health for Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, in response to the SAHRC’s investigative report on the state of oncology and health rights in KZN.
MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Friday, 30 June 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the judgment handed down by the South Gauteng High Court on the 28th June 2017, in which the promotion of one predominant religion in public schools was found to be contrary to section 7 of the South African Schools Act.
Media Statement:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Today, the 29th June 2017, the Equality Court, sitting at the South Gauteng High Court, found in favour of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) acting on behalf of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), in a matter against Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) International Relations Spokesperson Bongani Masuku, as first respondent and COSATU as second respondent,  for statements Masuku had made in February and March 2009, that have been found to be hate speech. The complaint was brought to the Commission in April 2009.
Thursday, 28 June 2017

MEDIA STATEMENT:

Attention: Editors and Reporters

South African Human Rights Commissioner, Advocate Mohamed Shafie Ameermia, has been awarded the Robert G. Storey International Award for Leadership in Dallas, Texas.  
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