All Press Releases

3 December 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights is representing a group of about 200 informal reclaimers in an eviction application that has been set down for hearing in the Pretoria High Court on 2 December 2019. The informal reclaimers live in modest shelters made out of plastic sheets and cardboard on a small portion of land opposite the Super Sport Park cricket stadium in Lyttleton, Centurion on the banks of the...
26 November 2019
From 26 November to 28 November 2019, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Pretoria High Court in the matter of KN & Others v The Standing Committee For Refugee Affairs & Others case number 50342/16, which seeks to address systemic failures within the asylum seeker application system. LHR will make submissions to a full bench highlighting that through their application for...
4 November 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights is making an urgent appeal for assistance after a recent judgement by the Johannesburg High Court, which allowed the Helen Joseph Hospital to terminate life-saving dialysis treatment for a Johannesburg woman, Alem Ereselo. Without access to dialysis, Ms Ereselo will almost certainly die in the coming weeks. On 11 October 2019, the High Court handed down judgement in the...
31 October 2019
On 10 August 2014 five inmates at Leeuwkop Maximum Correctional Centre were beaten, assaulted and tortured by DCS officials. Llewellyn Smith, Xolani Zulu, Benson Qibi, Abel Phasha and Mthokozisi Sithole sustained severe physical and psychological injuries as a result. The beatings were precipitated by Mr Zulu, the second plaintiff, jamming the cell door with a toothbrush, thus preventing it from...
16 October 2019
As part of the latest round of negotiations on the U.N. Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, African civil society organisations are calling for a Treaty that reflects African perspectives and effectively addresses African experiences. Over the last few decades, the continent has witnessed an increase in foreign direct and local...
26 September 2019
On Monday 23 September 2019, the Equality Court in the Western Cape handed down judgment in the matter of September vs Subramoney N.O and Others. Ms. September is a transgender woman currently serving a prison sentence inside a male correctional facility. While incarcerated, prison officials denied her the right to express her gender through her hairstyle, dress, and use of small amounts of make-...
20 September 2019
Lawyers for Human Rights, the Legal Resources Centre, and Gender Dynamix cordially invite you to a press conference, on judgment in the case of Jade September v Subramoney & Others. On Monday 23 September 2019 at 14:00, the Cape High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, will hand down judgment in the matter. Ms September is a transgender woman who is currently serving a prison sentence inside...
17 September 2019
This October, states and civil society organisations will meet in Geneva with a UN Intergovernmental Working Group to discuss the latest version of a proposed international, legally binding instrument intended to regulate the activities of transnational corporations. This Binding Treaty aims to protect human rights and combat violations and abuses by business enterprises. In preparation for this...
5 September 2019
Today, 5 September 2019, the Western Cape High Court handed down judgment in Sonke Gender Justice / President RSA and others. Judge Boqwana declared unconstitutional the provisions in the Correctional Services Act (111 of 1998) which require that the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) is i) dependent on the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for its budget, ii)...
4 September 2019
On Monday, 2 September, the South African government on Twitter called on women to “speak out”, and “not allow themselves to become victims by keeping quiet”. Yet the following day, MPs were told by the Department of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities that it has no budget to implement the National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide. The plan is...