All Press Releases

21 March 2019
This year marks 40 years of Lawyers for Human Rights providing free legal services to marginalised individuals & communities in South Africa in order to help deepen democracy and facilitate access to justice for all. This Human Rights Day, help celebrate our history and ensure the future of LHR by donating to support our work. Despite South Africa’s renowned and progressive Constitution...
29 January 2019
On 30 January 2019, the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria (“the High Court”) will hand down judgment on the matter between Somali Association & 8 Others v The Refugee Appeal Board & 6 Others in an application to review and set aside eight decisions of the Refugee Appeal Board (“RAB”) in which it dismissed the applicants’ asylum...
20 December 2018
Today, 20 December 2018, the Constitutional Court handed down an unanimous judgement in the case of Alex Ruta v The Minister of Home Affairs, overturning the majority ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal. The Constitutional Court declared that Section 4 (1) (b) of the Refugees Act relates to individuals that commit crimes outside the Republic prior to entering South Africa.  The court also...
12 December 2018
On Thursday 13 December Lawyers for Human Rights will oppose an application in the Pretoria High Court on behalf of a large group of waste pickers or recyclers. The recyclers are facing imminent eviction from their homes where they have lived for periods ranging from a few weeks to over 16 years. Their accommodation is made of modest shelters constructed out of plastic sheets and cardboard. They...
12 December 2018
Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes the Constitutional Court’s judgement, handed down yesterday, 11 December 2018,  in the matter of Law Society of South Africa and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others.  The matter concerned the constitutionality of the President’s signature of the 2014 Protocol stripping the SADC Tribunal of its jurisdiction over...
11 December 2018
On 6 December 2018 the South African History Archive (“SAHA”) was granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) represented SAHA in an application for leave to appeal in the matter of The South African History Archive Trust v The South African Reserve Bank 05598/16. The matter relates to the refusal of requests for information...
6 December 2018
On 6 December 2018 Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) will be representing the South African History Archive Trust (“SAHA”) in an application for leave to appeal in the matter of The South African History Archive Trust v The South African Reserve Bank 05598/16. The matter relates to the refusal of requests for information relating to fraudulent activity during apartheid...
30 November 2018
Judge Norman Davis handed down judgment today in the Pretoria High Court, in the contempt application brought by Lawyers for Human Rights against the Minister of Defence, the Chief of the SA Army and the Officer Commanding Marievale base. Judge Norman Davis began with a repetition of the introduction to the original judgment of 9 May 2018: “This is yet another one of those cases where...
28 November 2018
  Lawyers for Human Rights is pleased to note the ground-breaking judgment handed down today by the Supreme Court of Appeal in favour of the Grootkraal Community. The judgment paves the way for other historically disadvantaged communities, who have used private land for a significant time, to be allowed to register this use against the title deed. This has the result that any sale of the...
21 November 2018
Today marks a year after about 150 civilian families that had been residing in old houses of a defunct military base known as Marievale village were violently and unlawfully evicted from their homes by armed soldiers late in 2017 leading up to the festive season. On 9 May 2018, Judge Norman Davis granted an order declaring the evictions illegal and ordering that the evicted families be restored...