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Condemning Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Palestine and Urging Immediate Ceasefire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Johannesburg, South Africa - March 21, 2024 - On this significant occasion of Human Rights Day, Public Interest SA vehemently condemns the continuous violation of human rights in Palestine, where innocent lives are being mercilessly lost amidst a relentless genocide perpetuated by Israeli occupiers.


It is a grievous reality that for over seven decades, the people of Palestine have been subjected to egregious oppression, denied their fundamental freedoms, and stripped of their dignity. As Nelson Mandela aptly stated, "Our freedom [and human rights are] incomplete without the freedom [and vindication of human rights] of the Palestinians," a sentiment that resonates deeply with the ongoing struggle for justice and equality worldwide.


As we commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, Public Interest SA stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where innocent civilians, including women and children, are enduring unimaginable suffering. We demand the immediate release of all hostages and prisoners unlawfully detained in Israeli jails including those captured by Hamas on 7 October 2023, whose basic human rights are being systematically violated.


Furthermore, as South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day amidst an election year, we urge all citizens to uphold the principles of democracy and respect each other's rights to engage in free political activity. Our Constitution, a beacon of hope and justice, enshrines the rights and freedoms that must be safeguarded and advanced for all.


Public Interest SA reiterates its unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice, equality, and human rights for all, both at home and abroad. We call on the international community to join us in condemning these flagrant violations and to take decisive action to end the suffering of the Palestinian people.


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