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28 March 2017
Today we awoke to the news of the passing of one of our renowned struggle heroes, Mr. Ahmed Kathrada. We would like to join many others who knew Mr. Ahmed Kathrada in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing we can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life. Kathrada...
LHR in Constitutional Court tomorrow to argue that our clients must be afforded suitable alternative accommodation
22 March 2017
On 23 March 2017 at 10h00 the Constitutional Court will hear an application for leave to appeal against the judgment and order of the Land Claims Court (LCC) in a matter concerning whether it is just and equitable to evict applicants from private land in terms of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA), notwithstanding the non-availability of alternative accommodation by the responsible...
21 March 2017
Whilst South Africa marks Human Rights Day, and remembers the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre which resulted in the gunning down of 69 ordinary South Africans who protested against apartheid pass laws, Lawyers for Human Rights (‘LHR’) continues its struggle for human dignity and against impunity by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police (‘JMPD’) and the City of Johannesburg. On 22...
TODAY: Lawyers For Human Rights and the International Commission for Jurists launch a new Programme focusing on #SocioEconomicRights
16 March 2017
South Africa ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in January 2015, thus enhancing its legal framework governing socio-economic rights. This project, which is a collaboration between the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), builds on this opportunity to allow the poor and marginalised to effectively access...
13 March 2017
13 March 2017 Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Constitutional Court tomorrow, Tuesday 14 March 2017, at 10:00am to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of the Immigration Act relating to detention. This application was originally set down to be heard in November 2016 but was postponed at the request of the State whose counsel was unavailable....
10 March 2017
On 9 March 2017, LHR’s Land and Housing Programme approached the Land Claims Court in Randburg on an urgent basis seeking a declaratory order, on behalf of the Mampies family, for the right to bury their deceased family member at their ancestral gravesite located on Middel-Plaas, Groblershoop, Northern Cape, a farm different to which they currently reside. Background The Mampies...
8 March 2017
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is greatly encouraged by Justice Mandisa Maya’s presidential nomination for head of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Justice Maya would be the first woman to hold this position in South African history, thereby striking a blow indeed against the gendered glass ceiling. Gender parity on the Bench is part and parcel of the post-apartheid transformation of the...
[PRESS CONFERENCE] SUBMISSION MADE TO PARLIAMENT BY LEADING JURISTS AND RETIRED JUDGES ON RSA's DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ICC
7 March 2017
When: Wednesday, 8 March 2017, Where: Rosebank (Hyatt Regency Hotel) Time: 09H00 AM The press conference will share with the media a submission made to the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, by South Africa's leading jurists and retired judges. The submission is made by the following jurists and retired judges:...
1 March 2017
On 22 February 2017 Eastleigh Primary School in Edenvale, Gauteng, issued a letter to all foreign parents threatening to refuse their children access to education and to have children arrested if their papers are not in order. Although the school has retracted the letter, it is important, particularly amidst xenophobic marches and increasing school admission refusals, to shed light on the...
24 February 2017
For immediate use Issued by: Coalition of Civics Against Xenophobia The very low turnout at today’s xenophobic anti-foreigner march in Tshwane confirms that the overwhelming majority of South Africans cannot be seduced by messages of division and hate. This is after weeks and weeks of mobilisation efforts by the organisers. Despite playing on the very real and relentless poverty and...