“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Human rights are rights and freedoms of every human being from birth till death, there are values that can at time be restricted or violated by other parties however they are values that are protected by law, which can never be taken away from any human being. These values include rights such as independence, fairness, dignity and equality.
The South African Bill of Rights was a result of the long battle against politically sanctioned racial segregation and foul play. Around the same time the politically sanctioned racial segregation South African government came into power in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, presently the regular global standard for human rights, was received by the United Nations. South Africa was one of just eight nations that wouldn’t sign this original human rights record, in huge part in light of the fact that the legislature was at that point getting ready to execute the politically-sanctioned racial segregation program which would methodically damage all of the rights perceived right now.
In the wake of the Defiance Campaign – a multi-racial detached obstruction drive propelled in 1952 to voice issue with politically sanctioned racial segregation – a chronicled trailblazer to our Bill of Rights appeared. The Freedom Charter, communicating the ‘opportunity requests’ gathered from individuals across South Africa, was received in 1955 at the Congress of the People in Kliptown close to Johannesburg.
Human Rights Day in South Africa is verifiably connected with 21 Walk 1960, and the occasions of Sharpeville. On that day 69 individuals were killed and 180 were injured when police terminated on a quiet group that had accumulated to challenge the Pass laws. This day denoted an attestation by customary individuals, ascending as one to declare their privileges. It turned into a famous date in our nation’s history that today we celebrate as Human Rights Day as a token of our privileges and the cost paid for our cherished human rights.
Human rights in South Africa means that each person is allowed or entitled to safety, sanity, education and freedom of expression and being empowered with the knowledge that these basic rights are free. However, they come with a responsibility when practiced.
Your Rights as a Human:
· The right to equality
· Human dignity
· Freedom and security
· Personal privacy
· Freedom of Expression
· Freedom of Association
As Human being take up Space you matter irrespective of color, race, gender, literacy, you count!
Happy Human Rights Day!