National Human Rights Day Celebrations

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South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day on 21 March to remember sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.

South Africans worked tirelessly for the transformation of our country to an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law.

The massacres in Sharpeville and Langa continue to serve as a historical reminder to all of us to make effort towards protecting human rights and human dignity.

Human Rights are expressly protected in the Bill of Rights, which is part of the country's Constitution.

Human Rights Day was formally established by the United Nations in 1950, with the General Assembly inviting all member states to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

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Start Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013 -
08:00 to 16:30
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