All Press Releases

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...
21 April 2016
Press statement: LHR Disappointed by Flawed Arms Deal Commission Investigation 21 April 2016   Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is disappointed by the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission that there was no evidence of wrongdoing within the 1999 Arms Deal. LHR represented three critics before the Commission, Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden, and Hennie Van Vuuren, until August 2014 when...
8 April 2016
Press statement: LHR appoints new Media and Communications Manager It is with great pleasure that we welcome our newest staff member, Carol Mohlala, to Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). Carol is a writer, editor and communications strategist with enormous experience in helping organizations inform and engage key audiences with clear, compelling messages. Carol Mohlala comes with a wealth of...
6 April 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) cordially welcomes the Report by the Special Reference Group (SRG) on Migration and Community Integration on the xenophobic attacks that took place in Durban during March to May 2015. LHR commends the manner in which the Special Reference Group undertook to investigate this matter, bringing together different stakeholders and taking seriously the inputs presented to...
23 March 2016
On Sunday afternoon the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) offices in Parktown, Johannesburg were the target of a military-style raid. Those conducting the raid clearly knew what they were looking for: computers and other documentation relating to the programmatic work of the HSF were taken. The brazen, coordinated nature of the operation and its targeted, selective focus are sinister. So, too, is its...
11 February 2016
Press statement: African Civil Society Joins in Al-Bashir International Warrant Hearing 11 February 2016  African civil society organisations will participate in the Supreme Court of Appeal’s hearing of the Al-Bashir International Criminal Court warrant hearing this Friday 12 February 2016 in Bloemfontein.   Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is representing two organisations,...
26 January 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights has noted with concern the reports in the media regarding the Maidens Bursary Award from the UThukela District Municipality. On Friday 22 January 2016 it was reported that these bursaries was the idea UThukela District Mayor, Dudu Mazibuko. Municipality spokesperson, Jabulani Mkhonza, said the bursaries were intended to encourage young girls to “stay pure” and...