Human Rights Day

2017-03-15 06:02

HUMAN Rights Day will be celebrated on March 21 as a reminder to all South Africans of the sacrifices made during the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.

The facts behind the choice of March 21 as Human Rights Day — during 1960 there was systematic defiance and protest against apartheid and racism across the country.

On March 21 that year, Sharpeville and Langa community members, and many more throughout the country, embarked on marches to protest against pass laws.

In what became known as the Sharpeville massacre, police shot and killed 69 protesters at Sharpeville, many of them shot while fleeing.

Many other people were killed in other parts of the country.

The South African Constitution is the ultimate protector of all South Africans’ human rights, which were previously denied to the majority.

Human Rights Day is commemorated to reinforce our commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

These rights include:

“Equality — everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.

“Human dignity — everyone has inherent dignity and have their dignity respected and protected.

“Freedom of movement and residence — everyone has a right to freedom of movement and to reside anywhere in the country.

“Language and culture — everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice.

“Life - everyone has the right to life.’’

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