Programme News

23 September 2013
(News)
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has warned that government steps to block duplicate identity numbers could lead to a potential nationality crisis. Attorney Liesl Muller of the rights watchdog’s Statelessness Project said a blocked identity number equated to someone being deprived of nationality and denied access to basic rights while their status was investigated. Acting Home Affairs...
13 September 2013
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  While the Department of Home Affairs compiles the National Population Register, rooting out duplicate or fraudulent ID documents, concerns have arisen that measures to “block” these may leave hundreds of thousands of innocent South Africans stateless. Khadija Patel spoke to Lawyers for Human Rights about the implications. Lampposts across the country are being readied for their...
5 August 2013
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Asylum-seekers in Limpopo have accused state organs of having taken away their livelihoods. A year ago, Limpopo police closed down foreign-owned tuckshops in the townships, saying that the asylum-seekers would need to apply for business permits. But the operation was aimed specifically at Ethiopian and Somali spaza shop owners, leaving locally-owned businesses untouched. Most lost everything and...
1 August 2013
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Downtown Johannesburg is no paradise. Some consider it an unfriendly and dilapidated concrete jungle. It is, however, cherished by those who cannot part with memories of better days - and those who call it home. Thirty or so children call the Central Methodist Church in the heart of the city their home from 6.30am to 6pm every week day. They greet visitors with giddy cheers and screams, each...
30 July 2013
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More than three years since it was introduced in Parliament, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill has received presidential assent - paving the way for a single statute that will address human trafficking holistically and comprehensively, writes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to a media statement issued yesterday, once in force the Act will make...
26 July 2013
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National identity, a sense of belonging and the right to citizenship are fundamental human rights. In South Africa last week, in addition to celebrating the 95th birthday of Africa’s living legend, Nelson Mandela, the government also started rolling out “smart” national identity documents (IDs). These secure, tamper-resistant documents were issued to, among others, senior...
25 July 2013
(Press release)
  Judgment has been reserved in the North Gauteng High Court after hearing two days of arguments against the discriminatory targeting of foreign traders in Limpopo by police and the Department of Home Affairs. LHR is battling a controversial police crackdown called “Operation Hardstick” that has been used to unfairly target foreign traders. The right to trade is a necessity given...
25 July 2013
(Press release)
  On Tuesday, the North Gauteng High Court will hear arguments against the discriminatory targeting of foreign traders in Limpopo by police and the Department of Home Affairs. In the case of Somali Association of South Africa and others v Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism and others, Lawyers for Human Rights is challenging the unlawful practice preventing...
24 July 2013
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  Foreign traders from Limpopo turned to the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, claiming that they were being targeted and discriminated against by the police and the local authorities who were forcing them to close their businesses. In the application by the Somali Association of South Africa, the Ethiopian Community of South Africa and others, against the Limpopo Department of Economic...
24 July 2013
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  Foreign traders who run spaza shops in Limpopo on Tuesday asked the North Gauteng High Court for an order enabling them to operate in the province. The asylum seekers and refugees claimed they were being deliberately prevented from running businesses in Limpopo. The case concerns the right of refugees and asylum seekers to support themselves by operating businesses in South Africa. It also...