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
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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
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
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
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