All Press Releases

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...
1 December 2016
  01 December 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 5 December 2016, the case launched by Sonke Gender Justice (‘Sonke’) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), in response to the extreme overcrowding and inhumane conditions suffered by detainees awaiting trial in Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility (‘Pollsmoor Remand’), will be heard in the Western Cape High Court. Since March...
18 November 2016
This week, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), appeared before the High Court of South Africa in Grahamstown to institute urgent contempt proceedings against the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in Lusikisiki. On 6 October 2016, the Municipality allegedly demolished 36 households without a court order and leaving over 150 people homeless (the “New Rest community”) and without emergency...
17 November 2016
  The right to a name and nationality is one of the most fundamental human right, however, a lot of children in South Africa spend much of their lives without this legal identity and the benefits and protections it affords. Children who are not registered do not officially exist.   Njabulo** was only two years old, when he was found abandoned in Moroka, Soweto. A foster mother, Ms...
7 November 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Constitutional Court tomorrow (Tuesday 8 November 2016) to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of the Immigration Act relating to detention.  Currently, the Immigration Act provides that someone found to be an “illegal foreigner” without documentation to remain in South Africa may be detained for 30 days by an...