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22 August 2018
(Press release)
22 August 2018   The Pretoria High Court made an order yesterday declaring a 12 year-old boy to be a South African citizen. The Department of Home Affairs had unlawfully refused to register Wandile’s* birth, despite his clear right to be recognised as a South African citizen. This refusal had left him effectively stateless. Two unknown children had been registered under his mother...
16 August 2018
(Press release)
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16 August 2018
(Press release)
PRESS STATEMENT 15 August 2018   CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION HOSTS INDABA ON PROPOSED UN BINDING TREATY   ActionAid South Africa (AASA), in cooperation with DIRCO and supported by Lawyers For Human Rights (LHR) and Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), prepare to host a discussion on the draft international binding treaty regulating...
8 August 2018
(Press release)
Women’s Month, August 2018 For release: Wednesday 8 August 2018   UNBOTHERED, UNRESPONSIVE: WHERE IS YOUR SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY?   The provincial legislatures oversee and make the law. But when it comes to sexual harassment they seem to think they do not need the law. The #NotOurLeaders campaign has written repeatedly to all nine provincial legislatures and our four largest...
31 July 2018
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) supports #TheTotalShutDown, the national intersectional womxn’s march against gender based violence. All LHR women and LGBTQ staff will stay away from work on the 1st of August 2018, and participate in marches in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Durban, Upington, and Cape Town.   In the course of its programmatic work, LHR encounters countless victims of gender-...
31 July 2018
(News)
The Board of Lawyers for Human Rights has appointed Mildred Khumalo and Michael Clements to the roles of Acting Co-Directors of the organization. Mildred is the current Finance Manager, and Michael is the current Environmental Rights Programme Manager.   The Acting Co-Directors will retain these positions while the Board works to identify and retain a permanent National Director, and an...
26 July 2018
(Press release)
Today, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in the matter of Assign Services v NUMSA and Others, which concerns the correct interpretation of section 198A(3)(b) (the “deeming provision”) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1996 (LRA).  Section 198A(3)(b) provides that an employee who earns less than the stipulated threshold and is contracted through a Temporary Employment...
25 July 2018
(Press release)
On Thursday 26 July 2018, the Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in the matter of Assign Services v NUMSA and Others, a matter dealing with the proper interpretation of section 198A(3)(b)(i) (the “deeming provision”) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1996 (LRA).  Section 198A was one of several amendments made to the LRA in 2014, which aimed at providing protection to...
24 July 2018
(Press release)
24 July 2018 Yesterday the Department of Home Affairs finally registered an 18 month old baby under pressure of a  Children’s Court order.    Baby Senelile* was found in a field in Pretoria soon after birth. There were no clues about who her parents were. Despite being a clearly abandoned and vulnerable foundling child, the Department of Home Affairs refused the social worker...
17 July 2018
(Press release)
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 parents’ documentation status. The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, Lawyers for Human Rights and the Legal Resources Centre call for the South African government to amend regulations around birth registration to ensure that a child’s...