Programme News

21 June 2013
(Press release)
  As part of the End Child Detention Campaign and in commemoration of World Refugee Day on 20 June, Lawyers for Human Rights in association with the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa and the African Centre for Migration and Society will on Friday, 21 June, host the screening of the Invisible Picture Show which documents concerns about children in detention centres. The...
21 June 2013
(News)
  Refugees living in Nelson Mandela Bay had reason to celebrate and enjoy World Refugee Day yesterday as they received news that the Port Elizabeth High Court had ordered that the Eastern Cape's only Refugee Reception Centre be reopened. The centre was closed on October 20 2011 when, without prior warning, a notice was placed outside the Sidon Street, North End, office saying services...
20 June 2013
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights on Thursday, 20 June 2013, scored a hard-fought victory in the case challenging the closure of the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office in the Eastern Cape High Court. The judge has ordered that the reception office be fully functional by 1 October 2013. LHR and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Refugee Rights Centre challenged the closure - the...
19 June 2013
(News)
Hundreds of Somali-Americans rallied in Minnesota last week to protest the murder of a Somali shop owner in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Somali man was killed during a week of riots that targeted Somalis and other African foreigners. Abdi Nasir Mahmoud was beaten to death after two Zimbabwean immigrants who were allegedly looting a store were killed. “You can replace what’s in a...
8 June 2013
(News)
Up to 200 Somalis marched in Cape Town on parliament on Friday morning to deliver a memorandum urging the government to act against the ongoing xenophobia attacks on them around the country. "We need protection - simple as that," one of the organisers, Abdullahi Ali Hassan, told AFP. Amid widespread poverty and unemployment, frustration in South Africa's run-down neighbourhoods...
7 June 2013
(Press release)
The recent attacks against foreign nationals, particularly those operating shops in townships and informal settlements, have sent shivers down the spines of many in South Africa and across the continent. It has been five years since coordinated attacks exploded across the country and led to the deaths of 64 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more. We remember visiting police...
7 June 2013
(News)
Ongoing incidents of xenophobic violence in South Africa have raised concerns about the safety of foreigners in that country, with the government being criticised for dismissing the fact that there is a real problem. In the past few weeks there have a number of unrelated, xenophobic attacks across South Africa and human rights groups have warned that this is part of an ongoing problem. Last month...
7 June 2013
(News)
Xenophobia attacks in South Africa have not ended, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said on Friday. "It has been five years since [2008, when] co-ordinated attacks exploded across the country and led to the deaths of 64 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more," the head of LHR's strategic litigation unit, David Cote, said in a statement. "Although the violence...
7 June 2013
(News)
Xenophobia attacks not over Xenophobia attacks in South Africa have not ended, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) have said. “It has been five years since (2008, when) coordinated attacks exploded across the country and led to the deaths of 64 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more,” the head of LHR’s strategic litigation unit, David Cote, said today. “...
4 June 2013
(News)
  One in two South Africans wants foreign migrants to carry their IDs on them at all times and 63 percent of citizens want electrified fences on the country’s borders. Half of the population also feel that migrants without the required documentation should never receive police protection and 14 percent believe that migrants, regardless of their legal status, enter the country with the...