All Press Releases

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...
13 March 2017
13 March 2017     Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Constitutional Court tomorrow, Tuesday 14 March 2017, at 10:00am to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of the Immigration Act relating to detention.  This application was originally set down to be heard in November 2016 but was postponed at the request of the State whose counsel was unavailable....
8 March 2017
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is greatly encouraged by Justice Mandisa Maya’s presidential nomination for head of the Supreme Court of Appeal. Justice Maya would be the first woman to hold this position in South African history, thereby striking a blow indeed against the gendered glass ceiling.   Gender parity on the Bench is part and parcel of the post-apartheid transformation of the...
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...