All Press Releases

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...
28 September 2015
The organisers of the Unite against Corruption march invite all media to an urgent final press conference before we march on Wednesday, 30 September. The broad spectrum of coalition members will be present and will include trade unions, faith-based organisations, students and civil society. Four senior representatives from each of these constituencies will be available at the press conference....
21 September 2015
Civil society organisations endorsing the Unite Against Corruption marches on 30 September in Pretoria and Cape Town invite media to a briefing on Tuesday 22 September that will highlight the extent to which corruption affects the work of civil society, and the reasons for participating in these marches to register the broad dissent against those involved in corrupt practices. Organisations...
17 September 2015
The High Court in Pretoria has granted an application by Lawyers for Human Rights that individual management members of the Tshwane University of Technology be joined in the contempt of court proceedings against the university. LHR believes members who led to TUT disobeying an urgent court order allowing evicted students to return during protest action in 2014 should be held personally...
17 September 2015
The People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia calls for Angolans who have been legally living in South Africa with refugee status for many years to be allowed to regularise their stay in the country. In April 2013 the South African government agreed to implement a cessation of refugee status for Angolans.  Following a recommendation from the UNHCR, the South African government agreed that...
15 September 2015
The conviction and six-year prison sentence imposed  on José Marcos Mavungo is a travesty of justice and a blatant violation of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Angola, said six human rights organisations today. The organisations, the South African Litigation Centre (SALC), Lawyers for Human Rights, Front Line Defenders, the International Commission of...
8 September 2015
The next several days in Swaziland — Africa’s last absolute monarchy — will be paramount to determining the prospects for a semblance of democracy and the protection of basic human rights in this little known country of 1.2 million people. Starting today, Swaziland’s High Court will hear a constitutional challenge to two of the country’s most draconian laws: the...