Human Rights Day 2019
16:27 (GMT+2) Wed, 13 Mar 2019
Human Rights Day 2019 Venue: Central South Africa

As freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution, and South African not only celebrates Human Rights Day on the 21st of March, but also World Poetry Day, OFM’s inviting you to make your voice heard.

Send your original poem with Human Rights as the topic to poetry@ofm.co.za or Whatsapp your text with the keyword 'poetry' to 084 222 9497 (Data rates apply) and it might be shared on this page in celebration of Human Right Day 2019.

Please keep it clean, no profanity or hate speech allowed. See what this freedom entails according to the Constitution, below. Remember it is not a human right if you infringe upon the rights of others.

Authors retain copyright.

Chapter 2; 16 - Freedom of expression

1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes: a) freedom of the press and other media; b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; c) freedom of artistic creativity; and d) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. 2) The right in subsection (1) does not extend to: a) propaganda for war; b) incitement of imminent violence; or c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.


OFM listener, Zanell de Bruin shared this heart-warming poem concerning the Right to Equality and Freedom from Discrimination titled 'Unique Physique':


Another young listener shared this:


Gedig: Sumé Weber
 10jaar oud


 SUID-AFRIKA IS MY HART SE PUNT


 Ou oom meerkat sit en staar voor hom uit
 Terwyl hy die voëltjies hoor fluit
 Dis hoe dit is in die Krugerwildtuin
 Met die diere wit,swart en bruin

 Of dit nou is in die besige paaie van die Jakaranda stad,
 Of die pragtige plase by die Vrystaatse platteland
 Min dinge kom by die mooi Kaapse see
 Maar alle plekke in Suid-Afrika se mooiheid voer jou mee

 En daardie geurige potjiekos
 En op n reënerige dag heerlike melkkos
 Ons eet ook graag pannekoek uit ouma se ou resepte boek

 Suid-Afrika is n lekker land
 Met die diere -soos die groot olifant—
 Suid-Afrika is my hart se punt
 En—-hier word baie liefde gevind!!!!



Know your human rights

According to government, human rights are rights that everyone should have simply because they are human.

In 1948, ironically the same year that the Nationalist Party came to power in South Africa and formalised segregation, the United Nations defined 30 articles of human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It established universal human rights on the basis of humanity, freedom, justice, and peace.

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.

Since 1995, Human Rights Day has been a public holiday celebrated in South Africa. It shares the day with the anniversary of the infamous Sharpeville Massacre, which occurred in 1960. This gross violation of human life happened when a march by ordinary South Africans protesting the Pass Laws turned into a police-led bloodbath. The day marked a turning point for the future of South Africa and the struggle for liberation, which intensified in its wake.

South Africa has included indivisible human rights in our own Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

The articles of our Constitution can only be changed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which means it is difficult for anyone, including the government, to take away the basic rights of a citizen.

The Bill of Rights preserved in our Constitution is the cornerstone of our constitutional and representative democracy. The Constitution as our supreme law means that no laws may be passed that goes against it. The Bill of Rights also comprehensively addresses South Africa’s history of oppression, colonialism, slavery, racism and sexism and other forms of human violations. The Bill of Rights embeds the rights of all people in our country in an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.

The 30 Human Rights

Article 1
Right to Equality
Article 2
Freedom from Discrimination
Article 3
Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Article 4
Freedom from Slavery
Article 5
Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Article 6
Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Article 7
Right to Equality before the Law
Article 8
Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Article 9
Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Article 10
Right to Fair Public Hearing
Article 11
Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Article 12
Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
Article 13
Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Article 14
Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Article 15
Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Article 16
Right to Marriage and Family
Article 17
Right to Own Property
Article 18
Freedom of Belief and Religion
Article 19
Freedom of Opinion and Information
Article 20
Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Article 21
Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Article 22
Right to Social Security
Article 23
Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Article 24
Right to Rest and Leisure
Article 25
Right to Adequate Living Standard
Article 26
Right to Education
Article 27
Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Article 28
Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Article 29
Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Article 30
Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights


Download your own copy of the South African Constitution here

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