South Africa will this year commemorate Human Rights Month under the theme: “The year of Charlotte Maxeke: promoting human rights in the Age of COVID-19”. Human Rights Day will be celebrated on 21 March 2021 in the Eastern Cape in the form of a virtual event.
The history of Human Rights Day is grounded in the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960, where the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people during a peaceful protest.
This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Month coincides with the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution. The Constitution enshrines the rights of all people in South Africa and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
We call on all South Africans to use Human Rights Month to foster greater social cohesion, nation building and a shared national identity. It is our duty as a nation to strive for inclusive socio-economic development, while ensuring that we combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all related intolerances.
Human Rights Month Concept Note – 2021 Original