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President Ramaphosa to address the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Friday, 07 December 2018, deliver the keynote address at the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

President Ramaphosa will be joined by Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

The UDHR is a milestone document which underpins all international human rights law and was drafted by representatives from different legal and cultural backgrounds from across the world.

On 10 December 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and on the same day in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa was signed into law by former South African President Nelson Mandela.

The commemoration is particularly significant as it coincides with the centenary celebrations of struggle stalwarts and human rights activists, former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu.

The commemoration is a joint initiative by the government of South Africa, international bodies such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Foundation for Human Rights, the European Union, the South African Human Rights Commission and other key partners who actively promote human rights in the country.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday, 7 December 2018
Time: 08h00
Venue: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Only accredited media will be allowed for coverage. Accreditation closed on 30 November 2018.

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President, on 072 854 5707

Issued by: The Presidency