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With the release of the Living Conditions Survey of 2009, its data indicated wide and deeply worrisome disparities between children living in poverty and children not living in poverty, with respect to full access to such basic needs as water, sanitation, refuse removal, electricity and formal housing. The data also indicated that there were certain groups of children who suffered from such lack to a greater extent and were more deeply mired in poverty than others.
In honouring Ma Albertina Sisulu, I recall the solidarity with which she embraced us in the 1980’s and in SA’s first democratic Parliament, as sisters, daughters and granddaughters.
Attention Editors and Reporters 22 August 2013 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is disappointed at the announcement by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development that the State will not provide funding for the legal representation of the injured and arrested miners in the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.
Transforming society. Securing rights. Restoring dignity The SAHRC is searching for talented individuals who are committed to shaping the future of South Africa The SAHRC has embarked on a comprehensive rethinking exercise that involves critical self-reflection, reviewing our performance, and asking difficult questions. One of the consequences of this rethinking process has been the development of a new organisational structure that seeks to attract talented individuals committed to transforming society, securing rights and restoring dignity.
13 August 2013 On Thursday, 15 August 2013, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be convening a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education and other key stakeholders in the education sector, at the Commission’s Head Offices. Dr. Kishore Singh was appointed as the Special Rapporteur (expert appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme) on the Right to Education in 2010 and has since sought to highlight specificities of thin international right and identify areas of violation of the right. This meeting forms part of a three-day visit to South Africa; during which time Dr Singh will address a joint Committee Meeting of the Pan African Parliament.
Given the high incidence as well as depth of poverty for various groups of children,this assignment seeks to examine the possibility of the existence of the phenomena of poverty traps and social exclusion among South Africa’s children, and the additional national and societal efforts that are needed to break such traps. For the full Terms of Reference in this regard, please click here.
08 March 2013 “South African women still face serious challenges in realising their human rights as enshrined in the Constitution”, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Deputy-Chairperson Pregs Govender said today, 08 March 2013, at the Commissions commemoration the International Women’s Day.
4 March 2013 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters The South African Human Rights Commission will commemorate Human Rights month by hosting a National Water and Sanitation Hearing on March 19th in Midrand.
03 March 2013 Interesting Quotes: “We will be failing the Constitution if the courts and in particular, Equality Courts, are functioning in a way that ordinary citizens have access to courts.” Chairperson Mushwana
o: The Chaslkalson Family The South African Human Rights Commission has learnt with a deep sense of shock and sorrow of the sudden and untimely passing on of Judge Arthur Chaskalson, the first Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa after its attainment of democracy.
Monday, 17 September 2012 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to its provincial water and sanitation hearing which will be held at Ga-Sekhukhune, in Limpopo.
13 September 2012 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters The South African Human Rights Commission is an independent Chapter 9 institution subject only to the Constitution and the law. We are accountable to the National Assembly and report on our activities to the Assembly at least once a year. It is in this context that we had our recent engagement with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice on Tuesday where strong views were expressed by individual members of the committee on the SAHRC's intended inquiry following the events in Marikana.
uesday, 11 September 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the Legal Resources Center (LRC) today appeared in the Supreme Court of Appeals in the matter concerning a hate speech case; wherein Port Elizabeth magistrate, Johan Herselman, referred to a cleaner, Khayalethu Geleba, as a “baboon”.
Monday, 10 September 2012 The SAHRC has noted the article run in the Sunday Times dated 09.09.12. The article as it is framed gives rise to concern as it distorts and provides an incomplete recount of the findings of the SAHRC and the CGE which attempted to respond to the complaint with sensitivity to its many dimensions without compromising the complainant or the rights of women in the process.
07 September 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission is undertaking an investigation into the Marikana bloodbath following a complaint the Commission has received. The complainant a Cape Town-based Non-Governmental Organization, has argued that the national police commissioner Ms Mangwashi Riah Phiyega and the police violated the right to life of the miners, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
31 August 2012 The South African Human Rights Commission, together with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, today held a roundtable conference exploring collaborative ways in which to address the recent tragedy and violence that unfolded in Marikana.
The events at Marikana: Understanding the Immediate Needs, Required Responses and Addressing the Long-Term Implications Date: Tuesday, August 28 2012 ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters Members of the media are invited to a roundtable discussion that will feature government departments, civil society, NGOs and academics on the Marikana incident. Independent Police Investigative Directorate and other Chapter Nine institutions will also attend.
Submission of section 51 manuals in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act Friday, 09 December 2011 Johannesburg- The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) aims to increase information flows, transparency and accountability within the public and private sector. The legislation requires private bodies to produce information manuals in terms of section 51 of the Act.
VULNERABILITY OF MIGRANTS-IN PARTICULAR WOMEN & CHILDREN- TO XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE (Speaking Notes) OHCHR panel discussion on vulnerability of migrants to racism, xenophobia and discrimination, New York, 4 May 2011 Joyce Tlou, South African Human Rights Commission Excellencies, distinguished participants and colleagues Most migrants, in particular the undocumented, unauthorised, irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are already in a vulnerable position due to an intricate linkage in root causes such as poverty, economic under-development, poor governance and human rights violations that compel their movement from their countries of origin. Women and children in turn represent the most vulnerable among an already vulnerable population. Thus it is imperative to mainstream gender and age into the various aspects of the migration debate.
Statement to announce the Commission interventions to address concerns regarding the Grootvlei Mine and Acid Mine Drainage Grootvlei Mine – Human Rights Commission seeks Minister’s intervention The non-payment of worker salaries and the detrimental environmental impacts of the inactive and decanting mine into the surrounding catchments are of concern to the Commission.

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