All Press Releases

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...
8 September 2015
Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Edwin Cameron released a report this week on his visit to Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility and Pollsmoor Women’s Correctional Centre. The visit was undertaken in April this year, as part of the Constitutional Court’s prison visiting project, and the report details the “sickening conditions” he and his clerks witnessed. The Detention...
3 September 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights and Pilanesberg Platinum Mine have reached a settlement that it will immediately halt its activities on a portion of land on Wilgespruit in the North West and restore undisturbed possession of the farm while a dispute over ownership of the land is resolved. The settlement also entails that fencing on the perimeter will remain intact but gates will be opened to allow...
26 August 2015
25 August 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes judgment in the murder of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia which shows that effective and efficient investigations can result in convictions. LHR is hopeful that this conviction will lead to future investigations and prosecutions of perpetrators of excessive violence - particularly when committed by state officials. Little has been done to bring those involved in...
24 August 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights has launched an urgent high court application to have Pilanesberg Platinum Mines immediately halt all mining activities in Wilgerspruit in the North West and restore possession of the farm. The urgent matter will be heard in the North West High Court on 3 September 2015. The Lesethleng Village Community, represented by LHR, are seeking full possession, occupation and use...
13 August 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights has appeared in the Pretoria High Court on behalf of a female-headed family, who are being evicted from their family home. On 14 May 2013, the magistrates’ court in Soshanguve granted an eviction order against the family, holding that registration of the property into the name of a third party rendered the family members living in the home unlawful occupiers in...
7 August 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is alarmed at the use of derogatory and offensive remarks made by Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Sotyu during a memorial service for slain police officers on Tuesday, 4 August 2015. The tragic death of SAPS officials is indeed cause for alarm and we commend the stance in strengthening efforts to ensure their safety. The fact that 54 officials have been killed since...
6 August 2015
The Constitutional Court has refused the Department of Home Affairs’ application for leave to appeal March’s ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office (RRO) be reopened. The SCA had ordered Home Affairs to reopen the RRO and provide full services by 1 July 2015. The Department then appealed the ruling in the Constitutional Court where...