LHR has made submissions to the Department of Home Affairs on the draft regulations to both the Births and Deaths Registration Act No 51 of 1992 and the South African Citizenship Act No 88 of 1995.

The report Captured Childhood is based on interviews with 70 children in 11 countries and draws on international law to ask for an end to child detention. A model to prevent child detention is described and builds on good practices identified in research done by the International Detention Coalition. Detention, even for a very short  time, can cause long-lasting damage and is unnecessary in the case of children and families.

The effective governance of South Africa's scarce water resources plays a crucial role in the realisation of the Constitutional right to a healthy environment and to have access to sufficient water. There is severe stress on water resources and their management. 

NGOs note with appreciation that ten African States have pledged to ratify and/or incorporate into national law the Kampala Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. NGOs are also heartened that thirteen African States have taken the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Statelessness Convention to consider accession to this important instrument. We encourage these States to follow through with their pledges and others to follow suit.

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.

International News: More than 60 submissions by IDC members and counterparts to Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

States worldwide are increasingly using various forms of detention as a one-size fits all approach to migration management in an attempt to address irregular migration. When detaining arriving refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, states give little consideration to specific vulnerabilities such as age, gender, medical conditions and protection needs.

LHR 's submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants on the situation of immigration detention in South Africa.

This is a joint submission on South Africa’s Country Report to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Mechanism. This report is submitted by Lawyers for Human Rights and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa.