SAHRC to Convene Inquiry into Allegations of Racial Discrimination in Advertising Industry in SA

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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will convene an inquiry into allegations of racial discrimination in the advertising industry in the country. 

The commission says the inquiry has been spurred by a few advertisements which have been indicative of racism and have evoked criticism of the industry and their clients. 

The Inquiry is scheduled from 21 – 28 February 2022.

The SAHRC’s Buang Jones has called on South Africans to put forward written submissions on allegations of racial discrimination in general in advertising in South Africa

“The Commission aims to craft medium to long term interventions that will instill, in the advertising sector, a culture of human rights and produce mechanisms that promote equality and prevent unfair discrimination.  And, in doing so, prevent the publication of discriminatory (racist, sexist, tribalist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic or ableist) advertisements.” 

Written submissions must reach the Commission by Friday, 31 January 2022.

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