Lawyers for Human Rights

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 39-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

29 June 2018
  The Lawyers for Human Rights’ Refugee and Migrant Rights Program is looking for law graduates or paralegals to assist as interns in...
29 June 2018
    On a yearly basis, the Mail & Guardian publishes a list of 200 exceptional and notable South Africans under the age of 35 in...
4 June 2018
LHR hosted a workshop on mine closures, their impacts on affected communities, and strategies for community responses. The workshop is organised and...
9 April 2018
In our pursuit to making rights real, we bring to you our plans and activities for the week. This is done, in so that the public, media and our...
19 March 2018
The Week Ahead 19-23 March 2018 In our pursuit to making rights real, we bring to you our plans and activities for the week. This is done, in so...

Press Releases

17 July 2018
17 July 2018 Watch our short explainer video here. Hundreds of children are forced into undocumented lives and denied their basic rights due to their...
16 July 2018
16 July 2018 On 12 July 2018, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down judgement in the matter of FNM v the Refugee Appeal Board and...
26 June 2018
It is with the greatest concern that Lawyers for Human Rights notes the intention of the Dawid Kruiper Municipality to illegally evict 16 Congolese...
19 June 2018
Johannesburg, Paris, 15 June 2018 On Thursday 14 June 2018, the South African Constitutional Court (Court) issued an unanimous judgment confirming...
23 May 2018
LHR represents the Lesethleng Village Community in an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court against an eviction order granted...

Videos

The spate of looting of foreign national's shops in Isipingo: Nomagugu Mlawe
The spate of looting of foreign national's shops in Isipingo south of Durban has again thrown...
LHR's Liesl Muller discusses statelessness on KykNet
Liesl Muller - head of LHR's Statelessness Project - discusses the issues around statelessness...
The role of migrants in township economy
Recent incidents of looting against 'foreign-owned' shops in Soweto, Kagiso and other...
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...

Photos

Refugee and Asylum Seekers Interactive Workshop
Legal consultation between migrant mineworker and LHR staff in Mozambique
Legal training workshop for AMIMO staff members in Gaza, Mozambique
Legal consultation between migrant mineworker and LHR staff in Mozambique
Legal training workshop for AMIMO staff members in Gaza, Mozambique
Legal consultation between migrant mineworker and LHR staff in Mozambique