Programme News

27 January 2017
(Press release)
  FIDH and its member organisation in South Africa Lawyers for human Rights (LHR)   REPORT   New report reveals devastating human toll of Blyvooruitzicht Mine liquidation    (Johannesburg, 27 January 2017) The human toll of the abrupt closure of the Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine in 2013 is devastating, according to a new FIDH and LHR report. The two human rights organisations...
21 January 2016
(Press release)
LHR is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-seven year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. We offer human rights lawyers an exciting and challenging work environment covering a wide range of social justice issues. LHR is inviting applications from law graduates with an interest in human rights law and public interest litigation...
21 January 2016
(Press release)
The Democracy Café, based at the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre in Pretoria Central, is looking for an experienced restaurant and events manager. The Kutlwanong Democracy Centre is a unique hub for civil society organisations in the capital. The restaurant serves quality meals and caters for events, conferences and meetings at the centre. This position requires a dynamic person with...
1 November 2015
(Press release)
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
(Press release)
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
(Press release)
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...
26 August 2015
(Press release)
19 August 2015
(News)
The fifth annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) was held at the University of the Witwatersrand last month, and provided South African lawyers and civil society with an opportunity to reflect on issues affecting the public interest sphere and to discuss ways in which the law can be used as a tool for social change. As in all previous years, the event featured fascinating discussions on...
30 June 2015
(News)
The Kutlwanong Democracy Centre was launched at the end of May. The centre is located at 357 Visagie Street in Pretoria. The national director of Lawyers for Human Rights, Jacob van Garderen told De Rebus that the centre is a unique hub for civil society in Pretoria. He said it brings together a range of organisations working in human rights, social assistance and development. Services offered at...
13 June 2015
(News)
The Merafong municipality is to instruct Rand Water to reconnect the water supply to the embattled Blyvooruitzicht mine by no later than Monday, according to an interim settlement agreement that has been reached. An application by Lawyers for Human Rights had sought to compel the municipality and Rand Water to reconnect the water supply to Blyvoor on the far West Rand. It was disconnected last...