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MAR

Human Rights Day Remembered

 

“It is a day which, more than many others, captures the essence of the struggle of the South African people and the soul of our non-racial democracy." ~ Nelson Mandela; 21 March 1996

 

Human Rights Day South Africa pays homage to all those who lost their lives in the fight for democracy, particularly the Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960.

The events of that day became a turning point in the fight against apartheid and today Sharpeville is also remembered as the place where Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution in December 1996. Of our Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Chapter Two contains our Bill of Rights; which 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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