All Press Releases

23 July 2015
The report released by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the African Centre of Migration & Society (ACMS) on institutionalised corruption within the asylum application processes at Home Affairs offices countrywide must be tabled in Parliament and must be addressed. The report contains shocking statistics and findings and produces evidence of human rights abuses and rampant corruption at...
22 July 2015
Today Lawyers for Human Rights and the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University launched key research findings on corruption within the South African asylum process, especially at the Department of Home Affairs’ five refugee recepton offices. The report found that there were significant levels of corruption at various stages of the asylum process. In particular, the...
13 July 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights would like to invite you to attend its one-day seminar within the framework of this year’s Public Interest Law Gathering being held at the Wits Law School from 22-24 July 2015. This seminar will focus on refugee and migrants’ rights, with special attention on xenophobic violence that took place earlier this year. Please find the official programme attached....
10 July 2015
A sixteen year old boy who entered South Africa with his aunt after he was orphaned during armed conflict in the Congo was not included in her asylum seeker permit because he was not her biological child. This meant that, although he qualified to apply for asylum he had no papers and thus battled to get access to education and health services. With the assistance of Lawyers for Human Rights and...
24 June 2015
The urgent high court application to interdict the government from continuing with Operation Fiela-Reclaim raids unless legislative provisions are adhered to has been removed from the urgent roll in the high court in Pretoria. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) brought the challenge in light of grave concerns around the legality of Operation Fiela-Reclaim - a joint operation conducted by the police,...
22 June 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has launched a high court challenge against the way in which Operation Fiela-Reclaim is being conducted across the country.  LHR is seeking an order declaring that the way in which this operation has been conducted in people’s homes is unlawful and unconstitutional to the extent that they were carried out without proper compliance with the need for...
19 June 2015
On this World Refugee Day, the People’s Coalition against Xenophobia commends the positive contributions that those who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, civil strife and persecution have made in their new adopted homes. Around the globe, communities will be celebrating the ingenuity and resilience of these groups.  Tragically, millions of people will mark this day in...
18 June 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) welcomes the Constitutional Court’s scathing judgment lashing out at officials who willfully disregard its orders – this time in the case of the Bapsfontein community. In August last year, the court called the Ekurhuleni Municipality and its attorney to answer why it had failed to enforce two previous orders on the evicted community. In its judgment, the...
18 June 2015
The willful non-compliance by the South African government of a high court order preventing the departure of Sudan President Omar Al Bahir is cause for grave concern for the rule of law in the country. FIDH, ACJPS and LHR were alarmed that despite the court order preventing his exit, Al Bashir – who was attending the African Union summit in South Africa – was able to leave without...
15 June 2015
LHR, FIDH and ACJPS welcome the order issued yesterday by the High court in Pretoria to prevent the departure of the President of Sudan and wanted fugitive from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Omar Al Bashir. While unconfirmed information indicates that Bashir may have left South Africa after the Court rendered its decision, our organisations urge the Government to take all necessary...