Programme News

13 March 2017
(Press release)
13 March 2017     Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Constitutional Court tomorrow, Tuesday 14 March 2017, at 10:00am to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of the Immigration Act relating to detention.  This application was originally set down to be heard in November 2016 but was postponed at the request of the State whose counsel was unavailable....
24 January 2017
(News)
On the 24th of January 2016, LHR's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme made an oral presentation to a hearing organised by the Portfolio Committee for Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill, 2016. The presentation was based on the written written submissions to the Portfolo Committee for Home Affairs on the Refugees Amendment Bill, 2016 made in October 2016. Download the...
21 July 2016
(News)
Today we have one of our colleagues, Toshiaki Takada, talk to us about Japanese Law, focusing on Refugee Law and Immigration Detention...
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...
20 November 2015
(News)
The high court in Pretoria reserved judgment in a legal challenge in which Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is questioning the constitutionality of sections of the Immigration Act which do not make provision for detainees to be brought before court in person to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. The Immigration Act allows Home Affairs to arrest and detain a person it deems to be an...
11 November 2015
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and Constitution Hill, would like to invite you to the opening of the photographic exhibition I Belong – Ending Statelessness by 2024. Today at least 10-million people globally are stateless – they are told that they don’t belong...
11 November 2015
(Press release)
Yesterday (Tuesday), the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard arguments regarding LHR’s constitutional challenge against the manner in which suspected undocumented foreigners are detained under Section 34 of the Immigration Act. This challenge was filed in June 2014 after the introduction of the new immigration regulations and seeks to ensure court oversight of immigration detention, as...
11 November 2015
(News)
Home affairs maintained there were sufficient protections under the Immigration Act. Judgment has been reserved in Lawyers for Human Rights’ constitutional challenge against the manner in which suspected undocumented foreigners are detained under Section 34 of the Immigration Act. LHR filed the challenge in the High Court in Pretoria in June after the introduction of new immigration...
10 November 2015
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is pleased with the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of an application by the Department of Home Affairs against a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that it reopen the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office (RRO), bringing an end to a long-running litigation battle. This means Home Affairs must adhere to the SCA ruling and reopen the office. They will have three...