All Press Releases

20 June 2017
Today (20 June 2017), on World Refugee Day, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) successfully fought for the freedom of a Syrian refugee who had been detained on the basis of a fraudulent asylum permit since late May. The lawyers charged that the Applicant’s detention was wrong in both substance and procedure, as he had not been charged with any crime or been allowed to exercise his right to...
18 June 2017
On World Refugee Day, 20 June 2017, the Gauteng Provincial High Court in Pretoria will hear legal arguments by the Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) through their legal representative, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) in an attempt to address the current crisis of quality refugee ajudication at the Refugee Appeal Board (RAB).    It is contended that the RAB judgments reflect a...
30 May 2017
In 2013 Anglo American served 34 families with notices of eviction. These families were given two months to vacate homes that they have been occupying, for some families since 1976. Anglo American, did so without considering that these families maybe rendered homeless.   The mining company has argued that they do not own the houses occupied by these families but lease them from Eskom. Since...
25 May 2017
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
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
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 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
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...
10 April 2017
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...
21 March 2017
Whilst South Africa marks Human Rights Day, and remembers the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre which resulted in the gunning down of 69 ordinary South Africans who protested against apartheid pass laws, Lawyers for Human Rights (‘LHR’) continues its struggle for human dignity and against impunity by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police (‘JMPD’) and the City of Johannesburg. On 22...