Programme News

17 September 2014
(Press release)
Somali Association of South Africa & 5 Others v Limpopo Department of Economic Development, the Environment and Tourism and 9 Others Lawyers for Human Rights appeared in the Supreme Court of SA on 16th September to appeal the dismissal of the case that challenged the unlawful closure of refugee and asylum-seeker traders’ informal businesses by the police. The challenge comes in the...
8 September 2014
(News)
The life of a Botswana national is hanging in the balance after the Home Affairs Department deported him to his home country were he is facing capital punishment. Lawyers for Human Rights have now taken up Edwin Samotse’s cause and is taking the department to the high court following the deportation. Lawyers for Human Right’s David Cote said Samotse was deported to Botswana despite an...
5 September 2014
(News)
The bubbly 12-year-old speaking animatedly from her hospital bed barely resembles the girl who made headlines in July when her brother went to court to save her life. The young girl’s plight was revealed after her 26-year-old brother went to the Pretoria High Court to get his sister admitted to Pretoria’s Steve Biko Academic Hospital for a life-saving heart operation. He claimed that...
4 September 2014
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights is appalled at the Home Affairs Department’s latest blatant disregard for the rule of law by deporting a Botswana national facing the possibility of the death penalty. This is despite an order from the Justice Minister that he may not be extradited as well as clear and unambigous law prohibiting Home Affairs from doing so. LHR will be joining Legal Aid South Africa...
12 August 2014
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has cautiously welcomed today’s (Tuesday) announcement by the Department of Home Affairs that a new dispensation permit for Zimbabwean nationals will be issued as of 1 January 2015. Applications will be received from 1 October – 31 December 2014 and permits will be valid for a maximum of three years. This will replace the permits issued during the 2010...
11 August 2014
(News)
Judy Manjoro (49) is a teacher, but when she fled Zimbabwe in 2005 during political violence and came to South Africa, she was forced to become a domestic worker because there was no other work available. In the afternoons when she returned to her home in Yeoville, Johannesburg, she would gather the children of other refugees off the streets and give them lessons. In 2011 she formalised this...
21 July 2014
(News)
  Zimbabwe will be able to support any influx of deportees from South Africa and Botswana, according to the minister of home affairs, Kembo Mohadi. There are indications that the two neighbouring countries might start deporting a large number of undocumented Zimbabweans. South Africa has introduced stringent immigration laws which will compel 250 000 Zimbabweans who benefited from a...
19 July 2014
(News)
A gravely ill 12-year-old Somali girl will receive the medical treatment she needs for a heart condition, including an operation, after a settlement was reached in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Lawyers for Human Rights, acting on behalf of the girl's family in South Africa, launched an urgent application after she was allegedly turned away from the Steve Biko Hospital because she was...
19 July 2014
(News)
Somali girl to get life-saving treatment A critically ill young Somali girl was Friday morning admitted to a state hospital in Pretoria for treatment after a settlement between her lawyers and health authorities. Lawyers for Human Rights launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court to secure life-saving treatment for the 12-year-old girl after she was allegedly refused treatment...
18 July 2014
(Press release)
Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria has agreed to treat a 12-year-old Somali girl that was initially refused a life-saving operation. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the hospital reached an agreement on Friday that she would be treated immediately at Steve Biko where she has since been admitted as a patient. The agreement was made an order of court in the North Gauteng High Court. The...