Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Human Rights Day 2017

South Africa how I love this country, today we celebrate Human Rights Day.

Being a Sowetan (Sowetan a person born – living in Soweto),  I’m just a bit more sentimental about these type of things. 

Let’s go back a bit…

Today we call the Public Holiday as Human Rights Day, however it used to be called Sharpville Massacre.. and a massacre it was.
On the 21st of March 1968 a crowd of 5 000 to 10 000 peacefully marched to surrender themselves to their local Sharpville police station offering themselves up for arrest for not carrying their passbooks. I won't go too deep here as just typing is just making me furious.

Through the locomotion people got killed the total toll was 69 people were killed, including 8 women and 10 children, and 180 injured, including 31 women and 19 children. Many were shot in the back as they turned to flee, causing some to be paralyzed.

Since then apartheid has since been burned however the wounds of the past will forever be engraved with our hearts. Apartheid was such a bad time for South Africa and some may have forgiven however we will never forget.

Fast forward to today Human Rights, Do you know your rights, like really know them???

Human rights are rights that everyone should have simply because they are human.
These are some rights taken from the South African governmental site, rights include:
  • Equality – everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.
  • Human dignity – everyone has inherent dignity and have their dignity respected and protected.
  • Freedom of movement and residence – everyone has a right to freedom of movement and to reside anywhere in the country.
  • Language and culture – everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice.
  • Life - everyone has the right to life.
I won’t make this post to be extra long, however I do want to say that doing posts like these really make me happy.

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Additionals Reading and reference: Sharpeville massacre

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