All Press Releases

19 August 2005
The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, the Coordinating Body for Refugee Communities and four disabled refugees, represented by Lawyers for Human Rights, instituted legal proceedings challenging the constitutionality of legislation which exclude disabled refugees from receiving disability grants.    In the application, which was instituted in the Pretoria High Court today, the applicants...
4 April 2005
In a letter to the Minister of Home Affairs yesterday Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) demanded the release by 16:00h today of some 20 asylum seekers and refugees who are being detained at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Lawyers for Human Rights has successfully secured the release of some 20 asylum seekers and refugees who were in detention at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. In a letter to...
8 September 2004
An urgent application will be brought before the Pretoria High Court today by the Centre for Child Law and the court-appointed curator ad litem for 13 unaccompanied foreign children. The main purpose of the application is get a court order to force the Department of Social Development’s bring the children, presently detained in Dyambo Youth Centre, before the Krugersdorp Children’s Court in order...
13 August 2004
The protection and care of unaccompanied foreign children came under the spotlight today in the Pretoria High Court. In a precedent-setting judgment, Judge Annemarie de Vos castigated the “apathy” of government officials who had failed to act in accordance with South Africa’s Constitution, statutory law and their own stated policy and were also in breach of international law.   The judgment...
22 April 2003
In the matter of Lawyers for Human Rights and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and others, LHR acting in the public interest, won an important legal victory today in the Pretoria High Court in which Judge Ben du Plessis declared core aspects of the new Immigration Act concerning the arrest and detention of foreigners unconstitutional.  The judgment is a milestone in that it confirms and protects...
25 March 2002
Lawyers for Human Rights won a landmark case against the Department of Home Affairs and the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) yesterday.  LHR approached the court yesterday in an attempt to prevent the Australian authorities from deporting a political asylum seeker from Australia via South Africa to a country where he fears persecution and torture and to allow its client to apply for asylum...
10 August 2001
Following the controversial debate surrounding reparations, the Geneva preparatory meeting of the UN World Conference Against Racism has recently decided to remove all reference to the 1951 Refugee Convention from the conference’s program of action, undermining its responsibility to fight the scourge of racism, xenophobia and related intolerances in the world. Lawyers for Human Rights joins Human...