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17 October 2016
The Lesetlheng Village Community court battle with Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) which has since brought an eviction application against it. The mine bases its application on the claim that the informal land rights (if any) held by the community over the farm were extinguished when the Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela tribe in 2008 resolved to enter into a surface lease agreement with IBMR. The mine...
10 October 2016
In our pursuit to making rights real, we bring to you our plans and activities for the week. This is done, in so that the public, media and our partners are always aware of our cases and advocacy activities. We hope that this is not only informative but encourages everyone to contribute towards our goal, which is making rights real.   Our Activities for the week: 10 October 2016...
19 September 2016
Today and Tommorow, 19-20 September 2016, a delegation of the South African Government will meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRoC) in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss South Africa’s progress in realising children’s rights. The dialogue should engage with questions on progress on education, health, social security, addressing violence and child...
11 August 2016
The month of August in South Africa is regarded as Woman’s Month. It is a month which is dedicated to provide a chance to introspect and reflect on both challenges and achievements of all women in our country. This month reminds us as a society that women are not only equal to men but are also instrumental in societal change. This is proven to be true on many occasions, but one that stands...
1 August 2016
It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Sharon Ekambaram as the new head of LHR's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme.   Sharon is an experienced human rights activist with extensive advocacy experience. She was the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) South Africa’s Dr Neil Aggett unit, which provides programmatic and advocacy support for MSF’s regional...
21 July 2016
Today we have one of our colleagues, Toshiaki Takada, talk to us about Japanese Law, focusing on Refugee Law and Immigration Detention...
12 July 2016
The undersigned organisations condemn the increasing acts of harassment and intimidation against journalists in Lesotho, exemplified by the recent attack against the editor of the Lesotho Times newspaper and the institution of criminal defamation charges against its publishers. We call on the Lesotho authorities to take effective measures to protect the right to freedom of expression and the...
29 June 2016
Zonderwater prison inmate Charles Baloyi, who has spent 23 years behind bars, might have been incarcerated for almost a decade longer than necessary because of maladministration by prison officials relating to his parole. However, Baloyi is not alone. More than 200 life-sentenced inmates from Johannesburg’s Leeuwkop Correctional Centre intend to challenge the Department of Correctional...
20 June 2016
Stateless children in South Africa are children who live in South Africa, and are even sometimes born in South Africa, but do not have the citizenship of South Africa or any other country in the world. These children are mostly undocumented.   Without a birth certificate or ID document they have trouble accessing: - Education - Health care - Social grants - Travel documents When...
6 May 2016
LHR is a vibrant human rights organisation with a proud history of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR is seeking an experienced human rights lawyer to lead its Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, based in Johannesburg or Pretoria. Operating from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Musina, the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme is the largest specialist...