All Press Releases

17 July 2019
LHR welcomes the judgment handed down by Maya P in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday, 8 July 2019, where it confirmed the right of the Mampies family to bury their deceased in accordance with their religious and cultural beliefs.The court dismissed an appeal brought by Sandvliet Boerdery (Pty) Ltd, against a judgment by Poswa-Lerotholi AJ handed down in September 2017 in the Land Claims Court...
30 May 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes the decision by the High Court this week dismissing an attempt by the Department of Home Affairs to deprive a stateless child of her right to citizenship. This decision will hopefully end the 6 year court battle that 11-year old Maria (not her real name) endured in the fight for her right to a nationality. “The South African Citizenship Act gives...
7 May 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights welcomes the judgement of the Pretoria High Court yesterday in respect of more than 100 families (the “Monflorah Park Community”) whose homes were repeatedly and illegally demolished without a court order, and their personal possessions burnt to ashes by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department over the course of the last five months. The community, composed of...
6 May 2019
On 1 April 2019, Lawyers for Human Rights launched an urgent application against the City of Ekurhuleni on behalf of more than 100 families (the “Monflorah Park Community”) whose homes were repeatedly and illegally demolished without a court order, and their personal possessions burnt to ashes by the Ekurhuleni  Metro Police Department during the period of December 2018 to April...
3 May 2019
Today, Lawyers for Human Rights approached the Johannesburg High Court to hear the matter of Alem Bazabe Ereselo v the CEO: Helen Joseph Hospital and Others, which concerns an asylum seeker’s Constitutional right to access emergency medical treatment, equality, human dignity, and life. After fleeing Ethiopia due to persecution on the basis of her political opinion, the Applicant in this...
3 April 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights celebrates the landmark judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal today, tackling a pressing human rights issue that has been largely ignored in South African metros: a pattern of confiscating and destroying the property of the poorest members of society. This case concerned a group of almost 30 homeless people who have lived on a traffic island under the R31...
26 March 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights and Abba Specialist Adoption and Social Services welcome the Department of Home Affairs’ decision to register 33 abandoned children with birth certificates, after LHR approached the Pretoria High Court on behalf of Abba, for an urgent order compelling the Department to register the births of all the children within 30 days. Thirty-three abandoned children had been...
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...