To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity – Nelson Mandela
South Africa marks Human Rights Day on 21 March each year in remembrance of one of South Africa’s most terrible moments in history – the Sharpeville Massacre.On 21 March 1960, 69 people were killed and 180 injured when the police opened fired on peaceful protestors who were marching against the Pass Laws of the Apartheid era. A sad reminder of the discrimination and brutality that came before our democracy.
Today, on 21 March, we can celebrate that every South African is afforded basic human rights, enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution, which ensure our dignity, equality and freedom. These rights include, but are not limited to: basic education; safety and protection of woman and children; a healthy environment, with clean water; occupation and professionalism.
More Community Trust strives to implement and protect the basic human rights of our fellow human beings and communities. We do this by creating opportunities to empower and improve the lives of people through our three main responsibility focus areas: Education, Water, and Woman Empowerment.
We are very proud to celebrate this momentous day and to honour those who fell at Sharpeville in order for us to have protected rights today.