All Press Releases

21 January 2016
LHR is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-seven year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. We offer human rights lawyers an exciting and challenging work environment covering a wide range of social justice issues. LHR is inviting applications from law graduates with an interest in human rights law and public interest litigation...
21 January 2016
The Democracy Café, based at the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre in Pretoria Central, is looking for an experienced restaurant and events manager. The Kutlwanong Democracy Centre is a unique hub for civil society organisations in the capital. The restaurant serves quality meals and caters for events, conferences and meetings at the centre. This position requires a dynamic person with...
25 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes its latest victory, this time on behalf of dental assistants who have won the recognition of their profession after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the application of the South African Dentist Association. The South African Dental Association (SADA) turned to the SCA to challenge a high court order recognising the profession and detailing the scope of the...
18 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights has called for an immediate investigation into allegations of severe assault and torture at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. In a letter sent to the station commander of the Pretoria Central Police Station on Tuesday, LHR details incidents of abuse against 16 inmates by correctional officials. Some of these inmates are witnesses to the alleged murder...
12 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights is pleased and encouraged by the conviction and sentencing of the eight former Daveyton police officers who dragged Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia behind a police van before assaulting him while in custody where he died. Meshack Malele, Thamsamqa Mgema, Percy Jonathan Mnisi, Bongamusa Mdluli, Sipho Sydwell Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi and Linda Sololo were...
11 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and Constitution Hill, would like to invite you to the opening of the photographic exhibition I Belong – Ending Statelessness by 2024. Today at least 10-million people globally are stateless – they are told that they don’t belong...
11 November 2015
Yesterday (Tuesday), the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard arguments regarding LHR’s constitutional challenge against the manner in which suspected undocumented foreigners are detained under Section 34 of the Immigration Act. This challenge was filed in June 2014 after the introduction of the new immigration regulations and seeks to ensure court oversight of immigration detention, as...
10 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is pleased with the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of an application by the Department of Home Affairs against a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that it reopen the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office (RRO), bringing an end to a long-running litigation battle. This means Home Affairs must adhere to the SCA ruling and reopen the office. They will have three...
6 November 2015
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland (LHR(S), Lawyers for Human Rights South Africa (LHR), and Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) organised a training on strategic litigation for lawyers and human rights defenders from 6-7 November 2015 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The training was intended to empower Swazi lawyers and human rights defenders with...
1 November 2015
LHR has succeeded having water restored – once again – to the Blyvooruitzicht community after their supply was cut off without notice. The community turned to the high court in June last year when their water supply was suspended by the Merafong Municipality. The parties managed to settle the matter with an interim agreement to reconnect supply. On Wednesday, LHR launched a new...