Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.
Know Your Human Rights
The right to privacy includes the right not to be searched, to have possessions seized and/or the privacy of communication infringed.
Slavery, servitude and/or forced labour do not fit in with the notion of respect for human rights and therefore society is protected from ever having to engage in such activities.
Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right – (a) not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause; (b) not to be detained without trial; (c) to be freed from all forms of violence from both public and private sources (d) not to be tortured […]
The right to life, and with it, the abolition of the death penalty is a controversial right. While many people in South Africa may have preferred to see the practice of hanging serious offenders continued, the Constitutional Court ruled that this is a cruel and unusual punishment for crime. According to academic research the death […]
“Everyone has inherent human dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected”. In essence, human dignity relates to the right that every human should be treated with respect, regardless of race, gender, class etc., as per the various grounds noted in section 9 (3). This is not a right that has to […]
Equality before the law and the right to the equal protection and benefit of the law is the first right set out in the Bill of Rights. This right sets the tone for all the other rights in this section of the Constitution. When the Bill was written it was taken into account that due […]
The Bill of Rights is the most important part of our Constitution as ordinary people are concerned and is stated under section 7 (1) of the Constitution to be ‘a conerstone of democracy in South Africa’. Accountability Now is commemorating Human Rights Day with 27 days of activism, highlighting one right per day for 27 days […]
Human Rights Day gives us pause to reflect that our hard-fought rights are many and precious. In these times of extraordinary, even unthinkable revelations, our rights seem more important than ever, and now is the time to understand them, appreciate them and protect the rights that people died for. By PAUL HOFFMAN. In South Africa […]