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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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
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...
16 February 2017
  On 13 December 2016, Sonke Gender Justice, represented by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), launched an application in the Western Cape High Court challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Correctional Services Act (‘CSA’). Chapter Nine of the CSA establishes the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (‘the Inspectorate’). The legislation...
7 February 2017
LHR is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-eight-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. We offer human rights lawyers an exciting and challenging work environment covering a wide range of social justice issues. LHR is inviting applications from law graduates with an interest in human rights law and public interest litigation...
2 February 2017
  London, 2 February - A child is being born without nationality somewhere in the world every 10 minutes. A new report “The World’s stateless” and its sister website (www.worldsstateless.org) launched today by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion lays bare the fact that there are over 6 million stateless children in the world today, a problem that is present in most...
24 January 2017
On the 24th of January 2016, LHR's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme made an oral presentation to a hearing organised by the Portfolio Committee for Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill, 2016. The presentation was based on the written written submissions to the Portfolo Committee for Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill, 2016 made in October 2016. Download the...