Human Rights Day

Ramaphosa calls for united effort to battle Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Human Rights Day called on all South Africans to unite behind national efforts to curb and combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We observe Human Rights Day at an extraordinary time for our country and the world, as we battle to contain the spread[…]

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EFF, UDM react to parliament’s human rights debate

United Democratic Movement (UDM) Member of Parliament Nqabayomzi Kwankwa says it is discomforting that more than 20 years since South Africa attained freedom, inequality between the haves and have-nots is still glaring. Speaking in parliament in a debate on human rights, he said government should take blame for much of[…]

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Protest march for land and housing on Human Rights Day

Human rights activists from a range of civil society groups will march on Human Rights Day on Wednesday 21 March for access to land, security of tenure and decent housing. Activists from the Social Justice Coalition, Reclaim the City, the District Six Working Committee and Ndifuna Ukwazi are demanding that[…]

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What are we doing to ensure that racism is challenged?

OPINION by Derek Hanekom Incidents of racism over the last year should leave us deeply disturbed. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) dealt with 505 complaints of racism – an 82% increase from the previous financial year. This may point to increased awareness on reporting racism, which is a[…]

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SA marks Human Rights Day

President Jacob Zuma will lead the national commemoration of Human Rights Day on Tuesday. Political parties and government will on Tuesday remember the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, where police shot dead 69 people during a protest against the country’s pass laws, which were used to control the movement[…]

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Government blamed for some human rights violations

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has singled out government as a leading Human Rights impeder. The commission says government’s inability to provide essential services such as water, housing and sanitation, especially in rural areas, is a violation of the Bill of Rights. According to Stats SA almost 2[…]

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