oa De Rebus - SAHRC celebrates 20 years of existence : news



The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) recently held a national conference to commemorate20 years of its existence. The conference was held in Midrand from 14 to 15 March. The commission turned 20 years in October last year. The objective of the two-day conference was to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to critically evaluate the gains and challenges of the SAHRC with regard to the execution of its mandate. On the first day, the conference reflected broadly on the role of the SAHRC regarding promoting respect and protection of human rights. On the second day, it gave special focus to the scourge of racism in the country and considered the roles and responsibilities of both state and non-state actors in building and fostering racial reconciliation and an equal society. The main aim of the conference was to get national consensus and formal commitment to addressing racism jointly. It was attended by delegates from international,regional and national institutions. The speakers included former South African President, Thabo Mbeki; Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete; Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha; Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Dr Mathole Motshekga; and SAHRC Chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana. Other SAHRC commissioners and various delegates from the government, private sector and other Chapter 9 institutions also spoke.


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