All Press Releases

14 November 2018
JOINT PRESS RELEASE by Centre for Child Law, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, the UCT Refugee Law Clinic   For immediate release – 14 November 2018   The Department of Home Affairs has published its proposed new regulations to the Births and Deaths Registration Act and is calling for the discontinuation of the issuing of birth...
31 October 2018
On 26 November 2018, the Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Cape High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, on behalf of Jade September in the matter of September v Subramuny N.O., Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others. LHR will argue that the prison system has singled her out, harassed, and unfairly discriminated against her for expressing her gender identity,...
30 October 2018
Today the 30th of October 2018 the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down a unanimous judgment in the case of Mantshabelle Mary Rahube v Hedsrine Rahube confirming the judgment from the High Court declaring Section 2 (1) of the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act 112 of 1991 (ULTRA) as unconstitutional   The High Court case sought to have Mary declared the owner of the property and...
29 October 2018
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear at the Constitutional Court on Thursday 1 November 2018 to challenge the Department of Home Affairs’ interpretation of the provisions of the Refugees Act that relate to exclusion from refugee status.   Mr Ruta a national from Rwanda arrived in South Africa in December 2014 and attempted to apply for asylum in February and March 2015. However,...
26 October 2018
After more than 7 years of being closed, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) finally reopened the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office (PE RRO) on the 19th of October 2018. In 2011, the Director-General (DG) of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, took the decision to close the PE RRO to new applicants, thereby limiting access to refugee services which in turn caused the majority of the asylum...
25 October 2018
Today the Constitutional Court handed down a judgement on the matter between the Lesethleng Village Community and the Pilanesburg Platinum Mine (PPM). Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) represented the Lesethleng Village Community in an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court against an eviction order granted by the North West High Court in favour of Pilanesburg Platinum Mine (PPM...
23 October 2018
On 10 February 2017, a group of about 287 informal traders from Mamelodi Denneboom Metrorail station obtained a court order in their favour against the City of Tshwane and Isibonelo Property Services (the developers of the new mall at Denneboom station worth R850 m). The order was sought on an urgent basis after the City and Isibonelo had embarked on an aggressive constructive eviction of the...
22 October 2018
Johannesburg, 22 October 2018 Press release: Civil Society Coordinating Collective (CSCC) which is an umbrella body that brings together approximately 50 organisations and individuals and The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) representing 24 members nationally together with, Sonke Gender Justice, International Labour Research and and Information Group (ILRIG) and...
18 October 2018
16 October 2018 15 OCTOBER – GENEVA – ActionAid, together with African civil society organisations Democratic Governance and Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA), Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), as well as International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), will host a discussion at the Fourth...
16 October 2018
South African Academics and NGOS welcome Draft of Treaty to Regulate, in International Human Rights Law, the Activities of Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises We, the undersigned academics and NGOs dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, welcome the Zero Draft of a Legally Binding Instrument to regulate, in International...