Human Rights

African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights

(Public Information)
In this Charter, the members of the Organisation of African Unity agreed that all people have fundamental human rights that need to be protected and respected.

Bill of Rights (Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa)

(Constitution)
The Government of South Africa
The Bill of Rights sets out the fundamental rights of all South Africans, including the right to dignity and the right to equality. The Bill of Rights also states when rights may be limited.

Complaints Regarding Human Rights Violations

(Service)
The Constitution states that the fundamental rights of all South Africans will be protected and respected. These rights are listed in the Bill of Rights along with the circumstances when it may be permissible to limit these rights. Various government bodies and institutions have been set up to ensure that rights are protected.

Constitutional Court Website

(Link)
This court hears all matters concerning human rights or the constitution. The site contains information on upcoming cases as well as the judgements from previous cases. There are also details on the rules of the court and the Constitutional Court judges.

Human Rights and Policing Workbook

(Guidelines, Manuals and Instructions)
This document is primarily designed for police officials and police reservists. It explains how police can go about their work while still complying with human rights principles and the South African Constitution.

Human Rights Resource Centre Catalogue 2000

(Public Information)
This document contains a list of human rights documents that are available from various organisations. The resource list contains information on the type of publication it is, where it is available and how much it costs.

Know Your Socio-Economic Rights

(Public Information)
This document explains what socio-economic rights are, how they are guaranteed in the South African Constitution and how they will be realised.

Protecting Your Rights

(Public Information)
This easy-to-read pamphlet provides information on fundamental human rights and how the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) can assist you if your rights have been infringed.

What are Human Rights?

(Public Information)
(File type: pdf; size: 1.39 MB)
This booklet explains each of the thirty basic human rights as declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.