â€œCelebrating 20 Years of changing lives through human rights!
Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africaâ€™s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
The celebration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africa is regarded as a beacon of hope on the continent, and internationally, in the promotion and protection of human rights.
South Africans are called upon to celebrate living in a country that guarantees that humanity and dignity will never again be taken away from any South African, irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.
A special commemorative event will be held in Sharpeville, Gauteng, on 21 March 2014. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address this yearâ€™s Human Rights Day celebration, which will be held under the theme: â€œCelebrating 20 years of changing lives through human rightsâ€.
Information sourced: www.gcis.gov.za