All Press Releases

9 June 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has launched an urgent high court application on behalf of the Blyvooruitzicht community to have their water supply reconnected. As reported in recent weeks, water supply was disconnected by the Merafong City Local Municipality and Rand Water last month. Most members of the community worked for the now-defunct Blyvooruitzicht Mine which was placed under provisional...
29 May 2015
The newly revamped and launched Kutlwanong Democracy Centre (KDC) has undergone a transformation. The KDC, owned by Lawyers for Human Rights, provides a unique hub for civil society in Pretoria, bringing together a range of organisations working in the areas of human rights, social assistance and development. The opening and revamp of the historically significant KDC was addressed by FIDH...
28 May 2015
For the first time in its history, FIDH has opened an office in Pretoria, South Africa. This office, located in the headquarters of its member organisation in South Africa, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), at the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre (KDC) in Pretoria, will be officially launched on May 29. “The decision to open an office in South Africa was motivated by the inspirational human rights...
14 May 2015
To commemorate Africa Month this May, Joburg Theatre will be presenting a weekend of AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS featuring local and international artists on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre on May 22nd and 23rd. Friday May 22nd will feature Lura (Cape Verde), Femi Koya and special guest Abena Koomson (Nigeria, SA, Ghana/New York) and Ringo (SA) Saturday May 23rd will feature Lura (Cape Verde),...
12 May 2015
The recent spate of xenophobic attacks and the subsequent crackdown of Operation Fiela-Reclaim (“clean sweep”), in a show of institutional xenophobia, have occurred during Africa month in which Africa Day – which commemorates African unity - is celebrated. Not only have these events severely affected South Africa’s reputation internationally and fostered a culture of fear...
12 May 2015
Over the last fortnight we have witnessed human rights violations and arbitrary detentions of primarily foreign nationals under the controversial Operation Fiela-Reclaim, culminating in mass-arrests and detentions in the early hours Friday, 8 May 2015. Lawyers have been repeatedly denied access to consult with those arrested during the raids on 8 May 2015 and most detainees still have not had the...
8 May 2015
LHR continues to be extremely concerned by the ongoing raids in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as part of Operation Fiela-Reclaim. We have noted the worrying trend of state leaders turning to “clean up” operations to look for undocumented nationals. We feel that the priority should instead be focusing on a logical and coherent reintegration plan to prevent future violence. These...
6 May 2015
Swaziland is host to an increasingly repressive political regime and diminishing judicial independence. Oppression, arbitrary arrests, abject poverty and torture/beatings are all commonplace creating a fearful and paranoid environment. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) hosted a special seminar examining the situation in light of the arrest of Mario...
29 April 2015
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Lawyers for Human Rights are hosting a seminar on the deterioration of the Rule of Law and Freedom of Expression in Swaziland. Date: 30th April Venue: Constitutional Court Auditorium Time: to be seated at 9h45 for 10h00- 12h00 Programme 9h45  Arrival and seating 10h00   Welcome and introduction: Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, Executive...
22 April 2015
In the face of violence that has targeted foreign nationals across South Africa over the past few weeks, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) recognises the duty of authorities to adopt an effective national strategy aimed at aligning their immigration policy with regional and international human rights provisions in order to prevent and redress...