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Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2018

 

A delegation from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) today met with officials from the Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and demonstrators.  The Commission’s intervention follows violent protests at the school that erupted this week and called on all parties to act with restraint and to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Monday, 15 January 2018

 

As schools are about to open in a few days, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) wishes to gently remind all schools that the right to a basic education, as contained in section 29 of the Constitution, is compulsory, universal and immediately realisable – meaning that it is guaranteed to all persons, regardless of nationality, status, or documentation.


Attention: Editors

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

 

The South African Human Rights Commission today, 9 January 2018, released its Annual Trends Analysis Report (ATAR) outlining statistics and data on human rights violations received by the Commission during 2015-2016.  Compiled from cases received from all 9 of the Commission’s provincial offices, the report highlights that inequality remains one of the single biggest obstacles to the attainment of human rights, as envisaged by the Constitution.   

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is closely monitoring the developments following the announcement on the provision of free higher education for poor and working class students in South Africa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 December 2017

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting an information session on its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 12 December 2017


The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) is aware of allegations of racial tension amongst academic staff at the University of South Africa’s (Unisa), College of law. The Commission continues to remain concerned by allegations of racism which undermines the collective effort to build a culture of human rights in a society based on human dignity, the achievement of equality, the advancement freedoms, non-racialism, non-sexism, supremacy of the constitution, the rule of law, accountability, responsiveness and openness; as set out in section 1 of the Constitution.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday 11 December 2017

The 10th of December 2017 marked the commemoration of International Human Rights Day. The day is globally observed annually in remembrance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by (the then newly formed) United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. This proclamation was the first global expression of human rights and is globally recognised as one of the first major achievements of the fledgling UN.   
ATTENTION: REPORTERS AND EDITORS

DATE: 11 DECEMBER 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be commemorating the International World Aids Day, in a form of a dialogue, at Nkomazi Local Municipality. The commemoration is hosted under the theme: “Zero Discrimination against People Living with HIV/AIDS.”
Attention: Editors and Reporters

8 December 2017

The Commission welcomes the new amendments to the Uniform Rules of High Court and Magistrates Court of South Africa, regulating sales in execution in South Africa. The amendments to the Uniform Rules which have been published in the Gazette will come into effect on 22 December 2017.  Prior to the recent amendments to the Uniform Rules, there was no requirement for the courts to set a reserve price (the minimum price below which the property cannot be sold) when immovable property, including people’s homes, were sold on auction. Previously, prior to amendment, the Uniform Rules specifically stated that a sale shall be without a reserve price. This resulted in people’s homes being sold at a fraction of their value. The Commission is aware of instances where defaulting debtor’s home were sold for less than 10% of the market value or judgment debt. The new amended Uniform Rules now enable the Courts to set a reserve price at which the bidding at a sale in execution of residential property must begin.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 December 2017

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Free State Provincial Office, will launch the Child Friendly Campaign Material.
The Child Friendly Campaign Material is based on the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The Campaign material comprises of fact sheet, poster, colouring book and other related material for children. The Commission’s CFCHP provides a guide that informs children’s complaints procedure. The complaints system is important for children to ensure respect, promotion and protection of their rights.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

6 December 2017

SAHRC Gauteng Provincial Office will host a capacity building workshop for ‘Hope for Life Youth Foundation’ at Eskia Mphahlele Library in Pretoria.

The capacity building workshop is aimed at providing basic human rights education and information to the organisation in conducting human rights awareness programs. The engagement will also establish working relations with the organisation for possible collaborations on human rights campaigns. It is envisaged that the community organisation will assist the Commission in future community engagements, identification of human rights needs of the broader communities and render assistance in the design of activities that are aimed at increasing the involvement of various communities in human rights awareness issues.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

05 December 2017

On 06 – 07 December 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission, Mpumalanga Provincial Office, will be hosting follow-up public outreach clinics at Tembisa Old-age and Disability Centre,  Kabokweni and Louisville Thusong Centre, Nkomazi Local Municipality from 10h00  to 13h00.
05 December 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office, will formally launch its Child Friendly Campaign Materials.
The Child Friendly Campaign Materials is aimed at raising awareness amongst children about their rights and responsibilities; empowering children with information that will enable them to identify human right violations and to popularize the SAHRC Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedures.

05 DECEMBER 2017

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

 The Limpopo Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign materials, which is aimed at popularizing the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP) and promotional material accessible to children. These engagements are also aimed at empowering children with information which may enable them to recognize human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.

ATTENTION: Editors, Reporters, Programme managers of Community based and National Radio Stations
01 December 2017

The Western Cape Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office will host a media engagement on the 30 November 2017, in Pietermaritzburg.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the University of South Africa (UNISA): Advocacy & Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities Directorate (ARCSWiD) will commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  
28th November 2017
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC WC Provincial Office and NPA will be hosting a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Dialogue on 01 December 2017 at Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone.
28th November 2017
ATTENTION: Editors, Reporters, Programme managers of Community based and National Radio Stations

The SAHRC WC Provincial Office will be hosting a media networking session on 04 December 2017 in Cape Town.
The purpose of the of the media briefing session, is to meet editors, reporters and representatives from community based and national radio stations and to share advocacy and legal activities conducted thus far and future plans of the Commission during the current financial year.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 November 2017

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
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