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27 November 2017
(Press release)
Long-time human rights lawyer, Rudolph Jansen, who fought against injustice on behalf of the poor and marginalized for over three decades, including with respect to the abolition of the death penalty, prison reform, and land reform and restitution, has died. He was a long-standing member and former National Director of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), and leaves behind his wife, Mariana, and two...
24 November 2017
(Press release)
24 November 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #NotOurLeaders Campaing launched by Women and Democracy Initiative, Lawyers for Human Rights and gender violence specialist during 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women Tomorrow, 25 November, marks the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. Activities led by government emphasise the importance of taking action to...
14 November 2017
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights is delighted that the Pretoria High Court today ruled that four of its clients, the Bakgatla Ba Sefikile, Lesethleng, Babina Phuthi Ba Ga-Makola, and Kgatlu communities, will be allowed to intervene in the review of the 2017 Mining Charter brought by the Chamber of Mines against the Minister of Mineral Resources.  The review hearing is scheduled for December. The...
1 November 2017
(Press release)
The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division Pretoria recently handed down judgment in the matter of Pule Molefe and Residents of the Blyvooruitzicht Mine Village versus Merafong Local Municipality, Rand Water, and 9 Others, finding in favour of the Blyvooruitzicht community residents who sought variation of a court order originally handed down in this matter in October 2016 with respect to...
23 October 2017
(News)
On Tuesday 24 October 2017, the Gauteng Provincial High Court in Pretoria will hear legal arguments of a Botswana national in a bid to secure his release from unlawful detention and prevent his extradition back to Botswana, without first obtaining assurance from the Botswana government of non-capital punishment. Keitkile Jampe faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted for  a...
23 October 2017
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is shocked by the arrest of 13 human rights activists, including two South African citizens, in Tanzania. Tanzanian police allegedly raided a legal consultation meeting, convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Isla) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (Chesa), in Dar es Salaam. The arrested activists were initially released on bail,...
10 October 2017
(Press release)
Today, Lawyers for Human Rights appeared before the High Court in Pretoria on behalf of Mr Given Nkwane to declare unconstitutional Rule 46(12) of the Uniform Rules of Court insofar as it requires the sale of a person’s home to be conducted without a reserve price. In this case, Mr. Nkwane’s house was sold in execution for R40 000.00 without reserve, where the market value of the...
30 September 2017
(News)
  The Lawyers for Human Rights’ Refugee and Migrant Rights Program is currently looking to interview law graduates or paralegals to assist as interns in the Johannesburg law clinic in Braamfontein as well as our clinic in Pretoria for 2018.    Our interns assist with various support activities including client interaction and communication, legal correspondence and...
26 September 2017
(Press release)
Today the 26th of September 2017 the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria handed down judgment in the case of Mantshabelle Mary Rahube, a sixty-eight (68) year old woman facing an application for her eviction from the family home in which she has lived for more than thirty-seven (37) years by her bother Hedrine Rahube. The case sought to have Mary declared the owner of the...
5 September 2017
(News)
Lawyers For Human Rights in partnership with Tri Continental Film Festival TCFF presents, "Strike a Rock" and “Voetsek! Us, Brothers?” documentary screenings. When: 6 and 7 September 2017 Where: Kutlwanong Democracy Centre 357 Visagie Street, Pretoria Time: 5.30 for 6 pm  Please RSVP to Carol Mohlala, at carol [at] lhr [dot] org [dot] za This is an...