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Remembering Sharpeville

On March 21st, South Africa commemorated one of the most significant days in the nation’s history; Sharpeville Day, which we all formally know as Human Rights’ Day. 153 more words

This year, Human Rights Day took a very different turn for me- I had a scarily close encounter with crime.

I struggle with the name because while there is an element of human rights in the meaning of it, the title is too vague and doesn’t focus on the issue it is actually addressing (and that South Africans all over the country are actually experiencing), which is an increase in violence in protest. 763 more words

Remember Sharpeville

Remember Sharpeville -

It may be used today by the ruling party as a political ploy but in reality it was a very real atrocity. No human should be killed for expressing their desire for basic freedom. 105 more words

Political Opinion


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This day is observed annually on March 21, the anniversary of the day in 1960 when, at a peaceful demonstration against the  88 more words

Have an unhappy Human Rights Day in 2014

Yes, that’s right!  I want you to be unhappy today.  Sharpeville 1960 is recalled in today’s commemoration of the Human Rights record South Africa has.  We’ve moved a long way from there in some respects but not nearly far enough in places where it counts. 630 more words

South African Culture

What Happened on March 21st - Massacre at Sharpeville

On March 21, 1960 in the black township of Sharpeville, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Afrikaner police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 people and wounding 180 in a hail of submachine-gun fire. 166 more words


Holding hands in the shifting sands

Today is Human Rights Day in South Africa.

Post 1994 when South Africa got its freedom from Apartheid, in order to reconcile the past with the future a lot of significant dates in the history of South Africa were renamed. 468 more words