Lawyers for Human Rights

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 30-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non-national and South African, who are victims of unlawful infringements of their constitutional rights.

News

21 January 2015
Mokopane, Limpopo, is a town on the brink. It’s on the brink of complete political meltdown, after years of factional fighting over corruption...
16 January 2015
Home Affairs staff act as though they’re exempt from the law, court judgments and the constitution, writes Carmel Rickard.Johannesburg - It was...
13 January 2015
Raesetsa Makgabo was paid 5,250 South African rand (about $450 U.S.) to allow a Canadian mining company to begin drilling on her maize fields. The...
8 January 2015
Court shows home affairs employees that despite what they believe, they’re not above the law, writes Carmel Rickard. At last, the apparently...
7 January 2015
As scores of refugees living in South Africa continue to be excluded from healthcare services, Lawyers For Human Rights (LHR) says the fight to...

Press Releases

24 January 2015
The xenophobic violence spreading throughout Soweto and surrounding areas in Johannesburg is indicative of a lack of tolerance and compassion for...
9 December 2014
Civilians in South Sudan have been paying a huge price since the outbreak, on December 15, 2013, of the conflict which opposed the forces loyal to...
3 December 2014
The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a landmark decision on assessing the credibility of sexual minority asylum seekers. In A, B and...
28 November 2014
  The below organisations stand in solidarity with the family and loved ones of Michael Brown and those bereaved, angered and in danger in...
26 November 2014
  In a hard-hitting judgement handed down on 26 November 2014, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (AMSA) to...

Videos

Lootings in Soweto has thrown open the issue of xenophobia
The spate of looting of foreign nationals' shops in parts of Soweto has thrown open the issue...
Court to hear details of illegal Botswana deportation fiasco
Home Affairs says it’s suspended three officials over an illegal deportation scandal. The...
Statelessness Short Film: Frederick Ngubane
Seriti Commission a cover up: Arms Deal critics
Three key witnesses at the hearing into the mutli-billion rand Arms Deal on Thursday called for the...

Photos

The LHR team in the SCA on the Limpopo Traders appeal, 16 September 2014
Birth registration training in Munsieville, Krugersdorp - 2013
Birth registration training in Munsieville, Krugersdorp - 2013
Birth registration training in Munsieville, Krugersdorp - 2013
Birth registration training in Munsieville, Krugersdorp - 2013
Birth registration training in Munsieville, Krugersdorp - 2013