All Press Releases

9 February 2009
MEDIA RELEASE - 9 FEBRUARY 2009 LHR has lodged an urgent High Court application challenging the legality and conditions of the Soutpansberg Military Grounds detention centre in Musina. Further, the application challenges the blatant violation of the constitutional provision against the detention of children. In contravention of the Immigration Act, the detention centre, commonly known as...
6 February 2009
06 February 2009 We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely concerned about the treatment of over a thousand Rohingyas from Burma and migrants from Bangladesh who have been forcibly expelled and abandoned in international waters by the Thai security forces since December 2008. Over the past few weeks, several boats have been rescued off the coasts of Indonesia and the Andaman Islands of...
13 January 2009
Johannesburg - Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) strongly condemns Israel's aggressive military action in Gaza and supports recent statements by the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) that call for independent investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law.  The UN's Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has...
10 December 2008
Countries around the world must uphold the human rights of the estimated 1 million people held in immigration detention around the world and work to develop community-based alternatives,  the International Coalition on the Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants (IDC) said today, International Human Rights Day. The IDC call comes following the findings of their recent global survey...
10 December 2008
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) today launched a report on monitoring immigration detention in South Africa highlighting the  serious human rights concerns in South Africa's immigration detention facilities, in particular the privately operated facility at Lindela in Krugersdorp and the detention centre operated by the SAPS in Musina. While prisons in South Africa fall under the monitoring...
20 November 2008
Media Release November 20th, 2008, Universal Children's Day 2008 Countries must stop the detention of children On the occasion of Universal Children's Day 2008, the International Coalition on the Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants (IDC) calls upon States to stop the detention of migrant and refugee children. In a recent survey of 21 countries on detention issues, the...
18 November 2008
 20 November 2008 Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes the decision of theConstitutional Court today to postpone the hearing of the Moutse demarcationdispute in order to allow the Minister of Provincial and Local Government anopportunity to address the concerns of the Moutse community regarding theirtransfer from Mpumalanga and to Limpopo. The Minister's request to court follows his recent...
29 October 2008
 PRESS RELEASE - 29 October 2008 On 16 October 2008 three Zimbabweans detained in immigration detention in Musina were subjected to cruel and inhumane assaults at the hands of a number of police officers. The detention facility, commonly referred to as SMG, is controlled by the South African Police Service in Musina. The police officers tightly handcuffed one of the detainees with his hands...
22 October 2008
21 October 2008LHR reached an agreement with the Department of HomeAffairs today for the release of thirty-seven foreign nationals who have beendetained at Lindela Holding Facility since 6 August 2008. The 37 men were amongst hundreds of displaced foreignerswho sought temporary shelter and protection at Rifle Range, Glenanda followingthe xenophobic attacks in May of this year.  Despite their...
14 October 2008
LHR has brought an urgent application against the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of 208 foreign nationals to be argued in the Pretoria High Court today. This group of men were amongst the hundreds of displaced foreigners who sought temporary protection at Rifle Range, Glenanda following the xenophobic attacks in may of this year. During July they were part of a group who were  removed...