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14 September 2018
(Press release)
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes the Constitutional Court’s decision upholding the right of some 6,000 people of the Blyvooruitzicht Mining Village, a distressed mining community located west of Johannesburg, to continue receiving piped water. The Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal, brought by Rand Water, against an order of the Pretoria High Court preventing...
11 September 2018
(Press release)
On 9 May 2018, Judge Norman Davis handed down judgment in the Pretoria High Court in favour of the residents of Marievale who had been violently and unlawfully evicted from their homes by members of SANDF during November and December 2017. The court ordered that the evicted families must be restored to their homes within 30 days of granting the order, and where restoration was not possible, SANDF...
10 September 2018
(Press release)
Today, Monday 10 September 2018, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will be at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein to appeal against the judgement of J Sutherland handed down in April 2017 in the Gauteng Local Division.   In the case of S Ngomane and 27 Others vs The City of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police (‘JMPD’), the Land & Housing Unit of...
29 August 2018
(Press release)
29 August 2018   On 30 August 2018, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear at the Constitutional Court on behalf of Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in the matter of Law Society of South Africa and others v The President of the Republic of South Africa and others, when it will hear arguments on the issue of the President’s participation in the suspension of the...
23 August 2018
(Press release)
23 August 2018   Sonke Gender Justice and Lawyers for Human Rights welcome the Deputy Minister of Police’s statement on unintended consequences of public statements he made in July 2017   Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) welcome the public statement issued by the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi on 21 August 2018. In what is unprecedented...
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-...