Lawyers for Human Rights LHR

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of the South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non-national and South African, who are victims of unlawful infringements of their Constitutional rights. (Homepage).

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About: About Lawyers for Human Rights Lawyers for Human Rights is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation whose vision is to be: 

  • a leading, effective human rights and constitutional watchdog and advocate,
  • an international force in the development and delivery of human rights, with a primary focus in Africa,
  • a primary contributor to clear strategic policy on the delivery of socio-economic rights for the disadvantaged.

To this end, LHR strives to promote awareness, protection and enforcement of legal and human rights through the creation of a human rights culture. Started in 1979, LHR rapidly achieved a proud record of fighting oppression and abuse of human rights under apartheid. LHR later helped usher in the transition to democracy through its voter education and monitoring in 1994. Today it is recognised as being in the vanguard of civil society in our emerging democracy.

LHR recognises that in the new era it may be necessary to enter into joint ventures with state institutions so as to promote its objectives. However, it will remain vigilant and not abandon its role of watchdog and advocate for the just cause. It is as committed to being a relevant and effective human rights organisation today as it was in the yesteryears.

For more information, read our annual reports.

Internships at LHR: Applications for volunteer positions and internships are welcomed. Forward a cover letter and curriculum vitae to us indicating your interests. Send applications to our Internship Coordinator: Pierre Sebakwiye by e-mail.

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