We use the law as a positive instrument for change for our clients, and in the public interest.

Who we are
We are an independent, non-profit, non-governmental human rights organisation, started by a group of activist lawyers in 1979.

Our programmes do strategic work in six areas of human rights law. Specialist legal practitioners and activists staff each programme.
LHR employs a holistic approach to social justice and human rights enforcement that includes strategic litigation, advocacy, law reform, human rights education, and community mobilisation and support.

Impact litigation, legal advice, and law reform: developing the law to bring it in line with the rights in the Constitution
LHR provides legal services through its law clinics and advice offices, located in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Musina, and Durban. This allows us to identify trends and strategic issues arising across the country and across vulnerable groups that may benefit from litigation.

Advocacy and rights education
We measure our success not only by the number of court cases won, but the impact of those victories on the real lives of those we serve. Community-based outreach, advocacy, and rights education are a core component of LHR’s legal interventions, in order to amplify the impact of critical legal outcomes.

LHR seeks out and builds partnerships not only with other civil society actors, but also with communities for which we act as legal representatives and advisors. This ensures that LHR is responsive to the changing social justice issues of the day.

Our Staff

To get in touch, send us an email at info@lhr.org.za, or find the LHR office closest to you.


Kutlwanong Democracy Centre
357 Visagie Street

Tel: 012 320 2943

WhatsApp text only: 064 647 4719


4th Floor Southpoint Corner Building
87 De Korte Street

Tel: 011 339 1960

WhatsApp text only: 066 076 8845


Room S104, Diakonia Centre
20th Diakonia Avenue (formerly St. Andrews Street)

Tel: 031 301 0531

WhatsApp text only: 067 258 6020

Our Board
Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

Kaajal is the director of the regional Africa chapter of the International Commission for Jurists, and an LHR alumnus.
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Karabo Van Heerden

Karabo is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, and chairs the board for Sonke Gender Justice.

Mogola Makola

Mogola is a partner and practicing attorney in the Johannesburg Office of Bowmans Law.

Nobuntu Mbelle

Nobunto is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, and has previously worked in several international human rights NGOs.

Anthony Pillay

Anthony is the acting Executive Director of the Law Society of South Africa. He is also the Chairperson of our board.

Our Funders

Lawyers for Human Rights is proud to have the generous support of the following donors, who make our work possible.

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