South African Human Rights Day
The Sharpeville massacre is commemorated by Human Rights Day on the 21st March every year. Today, we remember the 69 people who died and 180 who were injured during the fight for democracy. On this day, 52 years ago, a protest against the regime of Apartheid turned into a bloody massacre, when police officers opened fire on protesters and started a chain reaction of killings.
This day is now used as a time to think about the progress that has been made since that awful day, as well as to ensure that we continue to fight for the cause of human rights whether nationally or internationally – working towards a better future here at home and abroad.
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In 1996, President Mandela, in a statement on Human Rights Day, said: “21 March is South African Human Rights Day. 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. March 21 is the day on which we remember and sing praises to those who perished in the name of democracy and human dignity. It is also a day on which we reflect and assess the progress we are making in enshrining basic human rights and values.”
We would like to wish all our members a good day of reflection and hope that the progress which has been made thus far continues long into the future, improving human rights for everyone.
The Toluna Team