All Press Releases

1 March 2017
On 22 February 2017 Eastleigh Primary School in Edenvale, Gauteng, issued a letter to all foreign parents threatening to refuse their children access to education and to have children arrested if their papers are not in order.   Although the school has retracted the letter, it is important, particularly amidst xenophobic marches and increasing school admission refusals, to shed light on the...
20 February 2017
PRESS CONFERENCE – TUES, 21 FEB PRETORIA COMMUNITIES UNITED AGAINST XENOPHOBIA DATE: Tuesday, 21 February TIME: 11h00 VENUE: Lawyers for Human Rights, Kutlwanong Democracy Centre, 357 Visagie Street, Pretoria   On Sunday 19 February, the Gauteng Civic Association (GACA) convened a highly successful meeting of community organisations representing South African communities and...
10 February 2017
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is representing a group of informal traders from Mamelodi Danneboom Metrorail station. The informal traders went against the City of Tshwane and Developers of a new mall (worth 850m) at the Station. Today, the City of Tshwane and the Developers agreed to a structured court interdict after a series of negotiations. The traders have agreed to relocate to a temporary...
10 February 2017
A coalition of civil society groups resolved at a meeting on the sidelines of the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday, 7 February to oppose in every way possible the draft mining law amendment returned to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma in 2015.   Mosebenzi Zwane, the Minister of Mineral Resources, promised business at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on...
6 February 2017
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is representing a group of informal traders from Mamelodi Danneboom Metrorail station. The informal traders are going up against the developer of a new mall (worth 850m) at the Station. One of the key concerns raised by the traders is lack of transparency by the developer. When the rumours of a new mall started spreading, the traders were never informed about their...
2 February 2017
2 February 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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...
27 January 2017
  FIDH and its member organisation in South Africa Lawyers for human Rights (LHR)   REPORT   New report reveals devastating human toll of Blyvooruitzicht Mine liquidation    (Johannesburg, 27 January 2017) The human toll of the abrupt closure of the Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine in 2013 is devastating, according to a new FIDH and LHR report. The two human rights organisations...
24 January 2017
INVITATION   PRESS CONFERENCE - REPORT PRESENTATION Blyvooruitzicht Mine Village: the human toll of state and corporate abdication of responsibility in South Africa   Friday 27 January at 10AM Stay City Hotel, 46 High Street, Berea, Johannesburg Secure Parking and Main Entrance:  53 Hillbrow Street, Berea (Between Tudhope and Lily Street)   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0....
5 December 2016
On 5 December LHR, on behalf of Sonke Gender Justice, argued before Judge Saldanha of the Western Cape High Court that the conditions of detention at the Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility amounted to a breach of the rights to be detained in conditions consistent with human dignity and not to be subjected to ill treatment.   The application before the court painted a bleak...
5 December 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) notes with extreme concern the comments attributed to the Tshwane MMC for Human Settlements, Mr M Nkomo regarding the demolition of residences at the ‘Transnet Depot’ in the newspaper article entitled “Bid to force the city to rebuild demolished shacks” published on page 6 of the Pretoria News on 1 December 2016. The MMC seems selective in...