All Press Releases

11 July 2008
UNHCR has noticed some disturbing developments with the pattern of displacement from Zimbabwe following the March general elections and accelerating since the 27 June presidential run-off vote, with more refugees crossing the border into South Africa seeking asylum.  Previously, most Zimbabweans crossing the border were single men (about 90 percent) or women seeking work. We are now seeing...
27 June 2008
NEWS RELEASE FROM LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS – 26 JUNE 2008    The Pretoria High Court today ordered the Department of Home Affairs to release a group of Zimbabwean asylum seekers who are unlawfully detained at the Lindela immigration detention centre. Lawyers for Human Rights brought this application on behalf of the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum and 33 political asylum seekers who were arrested...
20 June 2008
In commemoration of World Refugee Day, Lawyers forHuman Rights calls on government and the South African citizenry to observe aday of reflection and mourning for victims of the recent xenophobic attackswhich have plagued our country. The wave of xenophobic violence andanti-foreigner sentiment is not a new phenomenon in South Africa and it isunlikely that this xenophobic sentiment will come to an...
2 June 2008
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), in collaboration with the Johannesburg Central Methodist Church and Medecins Sans Frontieres (‘MSF'), will launch an urgent application for an interim interdict to prevent the transfer of displaced foreigners from the Jeppestown and Cleveland police stations to a temporary shelter in Vickers Road pending an order that will ensure the safety of the displaced...
16 May 2008
Lawyers for Human Rights is concerned that victims of xenophobic attacks in and around Gauteng Province continue to be arrested and detained by members of the South African Police Service.  These arrests continue despite a commitment by Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that victims of xenophobic attacks will not be deported, but will be assisted and protected from such attacks...
31 January 2008
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) condemns the unlawful and heavy handed police raid on the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg on the 31st January 2008. The raid appeared to be directed at vulnerable homeless persons and persons seeking asylum and sanctuary at the Central Methodist Church. Many of those arrested are asylum seekers from Zimbabwe who left their country due to ongoing political...
7 October 2007
Constitutional Court confirms Equality Court decision on the right of a learner to wear a nosestud in recognition of the right to religious and cultural freedom.
1 October 2007
Lawyers for Human Rights releases report on" Protecting Minors from harmful content via mobile phones".
2 August 2007
Lawyers for Human Rights responds to the Department of Home Affairs' press release stating that "virtually no people from Zimbabwe have applied for asylum" in 2007.
5 July 2007
Lawyers for Human Rights condemns the spate of arbitrary arrests of foreign migrants by SAPS officials.