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Land and Housing Unit

In the urban context, the unit focuses its work on large scale evictions and housing needs. In the rural areas it focuses on historical land claims in terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994. Rural land claims pose a number of peculiar and difficult challenges. Although the right to claim dispossessed land is a constitutional right in terms of Section 25(7), claimants bear particularly heavy and technical burdens of proof.

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Publications

The 2013 annual report highlights some of LHR's most noteworthy cases and interventions.

Land rights defenders are increasingly the target of repressive measures, says the Observatory in a new report published in The Philippines, Mexico, and South Africa.

The pressure on land has become unbearable and mobilisation for the respect of the economic, social and cultural rights of affected communities has become a high risk activity.

Lawyers for Human Rights have done extensive work in its various programmes during 2012, including the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, Strategic Litigation Unit, Land and Housing Programme and Environmental Rights Programme.

The experience of childhood is increasingly urban. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns. Many children enjoy the advantages of urban life, including access to educational, medical and recreational facilities. Too many, however, are denied such essentials as electricity, clean water and health care – even though they may live close to these services.

Videos

TUT students still stranded despite court interdict
Thousands of students from the Tshwane University of Technology are still being housed in community...
Govt owns up to land reform failures
Government has acknowledged its failures in its land reform programme, particularly in providing...
South Africa Housing Crisis - The Itiriling Evictions
This short documentary takes a look at the illegal evictions that took place in the Itiriling...
Informal Trading and the FIFA World Cup
A short documentary looking at changes to informal trading bylaws during the 2010 FIFA world cup....