The SAHRC promotes the respect, protection, development and attainment of human rights in South Africa. Interestingly, the SAHRC was established on 21 March 1996 – exactly 35 years after the Sharpeville Massacre. In response thereto, the United Nations has furthermore declared March 21st as ‘The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’ and signifies a greater international effort to eliminate racial discrimination globally.
Human Rights Day is thus a day on which we remind all South Africans that, in stark contrast with our racial segregationist history, we now have a Constitution with a pioneering Bill of Rights that serves to shape our democratic era with the values of non-racism, dignity and equality.
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