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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...