Human Rights Commission measures human rights barometer in SA

Gail Smith, a spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission, says rights most violated according to their statistics are access to health care services, food, sufficient water and social security.

Smith says race, disability and ethnic or social origin remain the top three prohibited grounds most violated with respect to equality.

Smith says people know when their rights are violated even if they do not know the Constitution chapter and verse.

We live in a participatory constitutional democracy, that's the kind of democracy we all signed up for essentially and so then it assumes the level of participation.

Gail Smith, Spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission

Smith adds that building a constitutional democracy based on the recognition and acceptance of fundamental human rights is a process and not an event.

Rights as a consequence are interconnected. All rights are interlinked

Gail Smith, Spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission

Listen to the full interview in the audio below:


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