Emergency Medical Services – ECHCAC analysis of ECDoH response to Commission

Emergency Medical Services – ECHCAC analysis of ECDoH response to Commission

On 14 June 2016, the Eastern Cape Health Action Crisis Coalition wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission in relation to the Eastern Cape Department of Health Response to the…

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Joint civil society statement: Food

Joint civil society statement: Food

GOVERNMENT URGED NOT TO RUSH THROUGH FOOD SECURITY POLICY 3 March 2015, Johannesburg - South Africa has about 13.8 million individuals that regularly experience inadequate access to food, according to…

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SECTION27 comments on the SAHRC's "Delivery of Primary Learning Materials to Schools" report

SECTION27 comments on the SAHRC's "Delivery of Primary Learning Materials to Schools" report

On 29 May 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission (“SAHRC”) released its report on the Delivery of Primary Learning Materials to Schools. Although the report was due on 30…

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SECTION27 SUBMISSION ON SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION INTERIM REPORT AND UPDATE ON LIMPOPO TEXTBOOK DELIVERY

On 30 April 2013 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) published an interim report of its investigation into the delivery of learner teacher support materials (LTSM), including textbooks and workbooks, across South Africa. SECTION27 made its submission to the SAHRC on 14 May 2013.

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Violent riots further affirm the need to protect the right to health at Lindela—yet Home Affairs idles.

12 June 2012

On 28 May 2012, a group of organisations wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to request that it urgently investigate the state of health and health care service provision at Lindela Repatriation Centre (Lindela).

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), SECTION27, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), and People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) requested a response from the SAHRC by 11 June 2012. To date, they have not received a response.

Recent reports of violent protests within Lindela add even further urgency and credence to the request and the need to ensure that health and health rights are protected. Therefore, the organisations are now making the request public.

Read the complete statement and the full request to the SAHRC by clicking “read more” below

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SAHRC enquiry into access to health care services, 2007

This submission argues that there is a growing crisis of disease and ill health in South Africa that not only undermines the quality of life of millions of individuals, but also crucial programmes aimed at the reconstruction and development of the country. Much of this crisis could have been avoided. It results, in large part, from the failure of government to recognize the link between fundamental rights to dignity, equality and autonomy and the state’s constitutional obligations in respect of the right to have access to health care services.

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