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Khulumani Support Group was formed in 1995 by survivors and families of victims of the political conflict of South Africa's apartheid past. It was set up in response to the pending Truth and Reconciliation Commission by victims who felt the Commission should be used to speak out ( Khulumani means "speak out" in isiZulu ) about the past to ensure that such violations would never occur again. These gross human rights violations include disappearances, assassinations and torture. While all Khulumani's members are survivors of apartheid-era political violence, most of them describe that they continue to be affected by the consequences of apartheid-era violence. Of its more than 65,000 members, nearly 74% still languish in poverty and unemployment. Core to Khulumani’s mission is to restore dignity and quality of life that apartheid took from its members. Its work focuses both on redress for past violations; the ending of impunity and continuing truth-seeking initiatives; the faciltiation of community reconciliation and rehabilitation; the resolution of some 1,200 cases of the forcibly disappeared; and activities to secure the economic inclusion of survivors of the trauma of the past using rights-based approaches.

Strategic Objectives:
1. To secure acknowledgment of what happened to victims through ongoing truth-recovery processes, as a first step in dealing with the lifelong consequences of human rights violations, through a range of memorialisation activities.
2. To support the collective struggle for social justice that includes implementation of the TRC’s recommendations for rehabilitation and community reparations, and that goes beyond those recommendations by advocating for an environment that supports the rule of law and the promotion of a culture of accountability.
3. To work for the economic reintegration of survivors into the economy of the country through facilitating their pursuit of sustainable livelihoods, and
4. To promote social reconciliation encounters which restore the dignity of victims and survivors and promote deeper understanding and dialogue among South Africans.
 

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