Human Rights Day – 21 March 2021

Image: “Human Rights Day, 21 Mar 2016” by GovernmentZA is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March each year to commemorate the tragic events which took place on this day. On 21 March 1960, 69 people were killed and 180 wounded by the apartheids police when a large crowd had gathered in Sharpeville to peacefully protest the Pass laws. On 21 March 1985, on the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, police fired at a crowd of people attending the funeral of an anti-apartheid activist in Langa, Eastern Cape. 35 people were killed and 27 wounded in the Langa massacre. 21 March serves as a day to be reminded of those who fought for our human rights in South Africa and to commemorate those who paid a cost for its achievement. We affirm our human rights culture on this day and have been since 1994.