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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...
3 May 2016
​​New Mobile Service Provides Low-Cost HUMAN Rights Information to Non-Nationals Living in South Africa  ​ Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) supported by...
21 April 2016
Press Statement by Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie Van Vuuren, regarding the release of the Seriti Commission Report into the Arms Deal 21 April 2016 On the 21st of April 2016, President Jacob Zuma announced the release of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (the...
15 April 2016
Mamelodi Hostel Residents March, asking the City of Tshwane to address their Concerns   Mamelodi hostel residents will yet again take their issues to the street, asking the City of Tshwane to take them seriously. The residents of the hostel are at loggerheads with the City over the same issue of housing that they have been fighting since year 2000. It is 16 years later and all the City has...
26 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights are investigating prison officials at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre for alleged abuse of inmates. These range from assault, torture and inadequate access of healthcare treatment for inmates. An investigation into the alleged abuse of offenders by officials is underway in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. It was instigated by Lawyers for Human Rights. Its...
23 November 2015
 The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre is being investigated for human rights abuses. It has been alleged that correctional officers severely assaulted and tortured at least 16 inmates. The assaults apparently occured during routine search and seizure operations. Lawyers for Human Rights have called for an investigation on the matter. Penal Reform Programme Head, Clare Ballard, says a...
20 November 2015
The high court in Pretoria reserved judgment in a legal challenge in which Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is questioning the constitutionality of sections of the Immigration Act which do not make provision for detainees to be brought before court in person to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. The Immigration Act allows Home Affairs to arrest and detain a person it deems to be an...
19 November 2015
 LHR details incidents of alleged abuse and torture against 16 inmates by correctional officials. Allegations of severe torture against 16 inmates who allegedly witnessed the murder of another inmate by wardens at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria, have surfaced. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) have now requested the Pretoria Central Police station to investigate the...