21 March, an iconic day in South African history, is celebrated as Human Rights Day, in commemorating the Sharpeville Massacre.This after, in 1960, a peaceful demonstration marching against Pass Laws to the township’s police station resulted in deaths.
The Apartheid police opened fire on the peaceful crowd, killing 69 people and injuring 180 others.
This year we celebrate Human Rights Day under the theme: “The Year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture”. Respecting each other’s rights and our diverse cultures,upholding them regardless of who we are so we can get along and create a peaceful environment.
As the author Amit Ray would put it “Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values.”