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Date: Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission confirms that it has lodged opposing papers with the Johannesburg Equality Court.

This is in response to Mr Jon Qwelane’s legal representatives’ decision to ask the court to rescind its default judgment in a complaint that was lodged against him. Mr Qwelane wants the court to hear the complaint against him afresh and provide him with an opportunity to defend himself.
Tursday, 14 July 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission welcomes the swift response by Minister of Human Settlements to allegations that the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality planned to sell vacant land with toilets to residents, instead of building them low-cost houses.
Friday, 08 July 2011

The Commission held a successful workshop on Law Enforcement and Police Brutality from 06 – 07 July 2011 at its head office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The two-day event ended on a high note where stakeholders from across the Criminal Justice System committed themselves to an ongoing process of improving the advancement of human rights and policing.
Date: Thursday: 07 July 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission has found that members of the Presidential Special Protection Unit have violated the rights of Mr Chumani Maxwele of Cape Town.  
Date: Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Commission joins the rest of the world to mourn the passing away of human rights activist, constitutionalist, and former Cabinet Minister, Prof. Kader Asmal, who passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission welcomes the proactive role played by the South African government in the passing of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sexed (LGBTI) people.
Date:  Monday, 20 June 2011

On 20th of June each year, South Africa joins the international community in commemorating World Refugee Day. The SA Human Rights Commission views World Refugee Day as a formal opportunity for the South African government, as well as other governments across the world, to re-affirm the values upon which international agreements of refugee protection are based. It is also a time for all sectors of society to reflect on their role, to examine, form and strengthen partnerships on how best to find lasting solutions to the challenges faced by refugees.
The South African Human Rights Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kayum Ahmed, has received a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans Award at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011

As the world observes the 2011 Elderly Abuse Awareness Day on Wednesday, 15 June, the SA Human Rights Commission expresses concern about the ongoing violations of the rights of elderly people. In addition, the Commission is concerned that their contribution to the development of society is largely ignored and unappreciated, particularly their role as mentors and knowledge-carriers.
Date: Friday, 03 June 2011

On Sunday, 5 June 2011, many countries around the world will observe World Environment Day. While there are a host of concerns regarding the natural environment, however one of the most pressing concerns is deforestation, hence the theme for this year is “Forests: Nature at Your Service.”
Date: Friday, 03 June 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission Chairperson Adv Lawrence Mushwana conveys condolences to the family of struggle heroine, Ms Albertina Sisulu who passed away last night.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission condemns the killing of police officers. According to reports the number of police officers that are killed in the line of duty is increasing.
Date: Monday, 23 May 2011

The South African Human Rights Commission rejects as incorrect assertions by the Afrikanerbond that it was sacrificing human rights for political bigwigs.
Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The Human Rights Commission calls on political parties to respect the Constitutional mandate and independence of the Commission. Political posturing that parties engage in as part of their election campaigns, cannot be allowed to undermine or interfere with the independence of a Constitutionally mandated body.
Date: Thursday, 05 May 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission returns to the Johannesburg Equality Court on Friday, 27 May 2011 for judgment regarding the court proceedings that it instituted against the former Sunday Sun columnist Mr Jon Qwelane in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act .
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

As South Africa celebrates the 17th anniversary of its transition to democracy the Human Rights Commission commends the laudable progress that has been made to deepen democracy and freedom in the last 17 years.
Since the dawn of the new democratic dispensation the Commission has been actively involved in seeking to ensure that the vision of a South Africa that is built on the foundations of freedom, equality and dignity, becomes a reality for all.
Political parties must live up to spirit of the Electoral Code of Conduct

Metaphoric threats of violence, using language that suggests members of the opposition are enemies, removal of opposition election posters, booing and heckling of the opposition during campaigning - undermine the spirit of tolerance.
Adv. Mushwana concerned about the allegations of police brutality during service delivery protests in places like Ermelo, Zandspruit, Ficksburg, and in other places.

Thursday, 14 April 2011. Johannesburg. The SA Human Rights Commission Chairperson Adv Lawrence Mushwana engaged the Independent Complaints Directorate this morning regarding the attack and subsequent death of Mr Andries Tatane, during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg yesterday.
Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has written to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Nkoana- Mashamaite to urge the government to sign the statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity which is currently under discussion at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Date: Monday, 21 March 2011

The SA Human Rights Commission strongly condemns the booing of the Western Cape Acting Premier Ms Patricia De Lille by a large proportion of the crowd attending this year's Human Rights Day celebrations at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town this morning.     

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