SHARPVILLE: REMEMBERING OUR STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

March 21 is a day that some South Africans rather want to forget, but for many it serves as a reminder of the country’s dark past, one which they hope never to slide back to. Despite the emotion and sadness that engulfs Human Rights Day, activists say it should never be forgotten.

South Africa will this year commemorate Human Rights Month under the theme: Three decades of respect for and promotion of human rights. The history of Human Rights Day is grounded in the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960, when the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people during a peaceful protest.  

As Martin Luther King,Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


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