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25 May 2017
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights stands in solidarity with its civil society peers in condemning efforts by a subsidiary of Australian mining company Minerals Commodities Limited (MRC) to silence criticism of its controversial plans to mine mineral sands at Xolobeni on South Africa’s Wild Coast.    Defamation lawsuits filed this month by MRC against two attorneys at the Centre for...
18 May 2017
(Press release)
Last week states from around the world gathered to review South Africa on its human rights situation. This process is called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and all states are reviewed once every 5 years by their fellow states. The recommendations made by states are aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground. Although every state has only 2 or 3 recommendations, this year 12...
18 May 2017
(Press release)
Organisations in the gender-based violence sector were shocked to learn that the Department of Justice intends to investigate the possibility of reducing resources provided to sexual offences courts.  This announcement was made during the Deputy Minister of Justice’s keynote address at the launch of the Thembalethu Sexual Offences Court in George, on 15 May 2017.   Sexual...
28 April 2017
(Press release)
PRESS RELEASE 28 April 2017 Contacts: Leeanne Torpey (ltorpey [at] idcoaltion [dot] org +61 404146117) Junita Calder (jcalder [at] idcoalition [dot] org) JOHANNESBURG: An international report on Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Africa will be launched in Johannesburg today, 11am at Constitution Hill, marking Freedom Day. The International Detention Coalition (IDC) report...
20 April 2017
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is deeply concerned by the excessive use of force and intimidation by private security officers of BOSASA Group against immigrant detainees held at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. BOSASA Group is a private company, contracted to  manage the centre. We are also stunned to hear that some of the detainees who complained about the violence have been arrested on...
12 April 2017
(News)
The Lawyers for Human Rights’ Refugee and Migrant Rights Program is looking for law graduates or paralegals to assist as interns in the Johannesburg law clinic in Braamfontein as well as our clinic in Pretoria.    Our interns assist with various support activities including client interaction and communication, legal correspondence and submissions, as well as administrative...
10 April 2017
(Press release)
The Grookraal matter will be heard in the Cape Town High Court tomorrow (11 April 2017). Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) represents the broader Grootkraal Community which consists of the people who live and work on surrounding farms known as the Grootkraal Kombuys valley. The farm Grootkraal is right next to the Cango caves.   The Community does not live in Grootkraal, but has...
5 April 2017
(News)
Lawyers for Human Rights calls on ALL South Africans to support the People’s March which will take place on Friday 07th April 2017. Organisations including Save South Africa are calling on all who are living in South Africa to join this march. We will gather at Church Square in Pretoria from 10am on Friday morning and will march to the Union Building. We need to stand in unity with the call...
28 March 2017
(News)
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
(News)
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...