Yesterday was South African Human Rights Day. The day commemorates the devastating Sharpeville Massacre that took place 21 March 1960. On this day 69 people, all protesting against the Apartheid government’s “pass laws” were killed by South African police and security forces. Many of the victims were shot in the back. 

The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organisations, many leaders of these organisations were arrested or went into exile.

During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses committed by all sides; Human Rights Day was created by the new, post-Apartheid South African government to remind the people of South Africa of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur.

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