All Press Releases

19 August 2016
PRESS CONFERENCE  Monday 22 August 2016 at 5:30 PM at Protea Hotel Parktonian, 120 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa. African high-level experts join forces against sexual violence ahead of FIDH 39th Congress To combat sexual violence in Africa, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights ACHPR, in collaboration with FIDH and LHR, is developing Guidelines addressed to...
18 August 2016
18 August 2016 Today, the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng division, Pretoria heard an application for a contempt order brought by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) on behalf of the students of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The issue to be determined was whether TUT and three of its top officials unlawfully ignored the urgent court order intended to bring an immediate end to the...
27 July 2016
Yesterday, the 26th of July 2016 marked an important victory for the occupiers of the then informal settlement in Bapsfonteins and end a saga of 5 years in the Constitutional Court after the court found in their favour and referred the matter to the High Court. In 2011 the Bapsfontein Informal Settlement applied directly to the Constitutional Court for relief after the High Court dismissed their...
7 July 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is disappointed by the performance of the South African delegation at the recent session of the United Nation Human Rights Council. South Africa abstained from a vote on the appointment of an independent UN watchdog for LGBTI Rights; voted against a resolution on internet freedom, privacy and freedom of expression; and voted against a resolution on protecting civil...
5 July 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has been representing the residents of Blyvooruizicht community in Caltonville, in getting access to affordable prepaid electricity. Today, the Pretoria High Court issued a court order that guaranteed the community’s continued access to electricity. Blyvooruitzicht community is but one of thousands communities near abandoned mines scattered across South Africa...
4 July 2016
On Sunday, we woke to the terrible news of 300 shacks been caught by fire in Plastic View, the fire left the residents homeless and in distress. It is unfortunate that, during this difficult time for our clients, we have to address malicious comments made by the City of Tshwane in the media. We would like to use this opportunity to also put to rest accusations by some media that have used the...
20 June 2016
  Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) commends the Commission for Gender Equality’s (CGE) for the release of the investigative report on the uThukela Municipality’s Maidens Bursary scheme, in which it  recommends the removal of the scheme from the municipality’s bursary categories.    The controversial scheme, which provides study bursaries to girls on the...
1 June 2016
Today we awoke to the news of the passing of one of our founding members, advocate Jules Browde. We would like to join many others who knew advocate Jules Browde 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. Advocate...
11 May 2016
LHR expresses shock at the Kenyan government threat to close its refugee camps Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) expresses shock and dismay at the recent announcement made by the Kenyan government to cease all protection for refugees within Kenyan borders and to shut down all refugee camps. LHR condemns this move in the strongest terms and calls on the Kenyan government to immediately reconsider its...
29 April 2016
On May 1st the world celebrates, International Labour Day. It is a day where people are provided a time to reflect on the achievement of being gainfully employed so they can contribute to their families and societies well-being. On this day of celebration, we must not forget the disadvantaged with less access to their labour rights. Generations of migrant mine workers and their families in the...