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Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)

Johannesburg, South Africa
Joined July 2017

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 38-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa.



Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Other, Women's Rights

Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 38-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 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.

People Associated With This Organization

Abigail Omowele

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Labor & Employment, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Recent law graduate from the University of South Africa. Currently a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights.

Azraa Waja

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) (Unverified)
Joined October 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights
I am currently working as a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights under the Refugee and Migrant Rights Program.

Dingani Sethole

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Citizenship
Dingani is a law graduate. He possesses an LLB degree from Unisa. He is interested in Constitutional and Administrative law.

Ezile Madlala

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Women's Rights
Ezile Madlala, currently works at Lawyers for Human Rights.

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.

Jacob Van Garderen

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined June 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Housing & Sanitation
Jacob van Garderen is a South African human rights lawyer with more than twenty years’ experience in social justice activism and strategic litigation, specialising mainly in refugee and migration law. He served as National Director of Lawyers for Human Rights, a leading human rights organisation in South Africa focusing on strategic litigation, refugees and migrant rights, land reform, farmworkers, housing, penal reform, gender equality and environmental rights, since 2008. He is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and has written and lectured on human rights law and practice and serves on the boards of various South African and regional human organisations working in the fields of social justice, rule of law and migration. Jacob is also the co-director. of the Public Interest Practice, an innovative consulting firm working in the field of human rights and social justice. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the firm works throughout the country and the African region.

Jessica Lawrence

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Environmental Justice, Labor & Employment, Peace-building, Women's Rights
I am an attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights in the Strategic Litigation Programme, where I head the Labour Unit. Following a passion for public interest law, I completed my LLB at the University of Johannesburg in 2013 and went on to complete my LLM in human rights law at the same university in 2018. I was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2017. My areas of experience include refugee and migrant rights, environmental rights, a variety of socio-economic rights, the intersection between business and human rights, and labour law. Through this network, I hope to link up with activists and paralegals in different regions to learn from, assist, and access communities at a grassroots level.

Liesl Muller

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined July 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Education, Family, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Other, Women's Rights
I am an attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). I manage the Statelessness Project at LHR and the SADC Network on Statelessness.
I was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2011 and have been working on statelessness since 2013. In addition I have experience in refugee law and child law. I am a litigating attorney focusing on strategic litigatin aimed at developing nationality law. I also focus on capacity building with paralegals and persons who deliver services to children who may be at risk of statelessness.

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Marilyn Budow

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Corruption, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
Marilyn is an attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights specialising in refugee and migration law.

NADEZHDA COX

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) (Unverified)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Law Graduate and Intern at Lawyers for Human Rights Statelessness Unit

Rebecca Nidete

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Gender-based violence
Rebecca is an intern and legal advisor at Lawyers for Human Rights.

Sharon Ekambaram

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined October 2018
Interests: Corruption, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Peace-building
Sharon is the head of the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. She is a human rights activist and has been involved in the struggle for social justice through her work. She was one of the founding members of the Treatment Action Campaign. Before joining Lawyers for Human Rights Sharon worked for the international medical humanitarian organisation- Doctors Without Borders, and was the founding Director establishing the MSF Southern Africa section. She has played a leading role on advocacy and networking. The network will be used to build international solidarity and learn from experiences of others. It will also be used as a resource for ongoing work.

Simone Adler

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Family, Women's Rights
UCT BA LLB graduate with majors in Politics and Law. Current Legal Intern in the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights.

Teboho Mashota

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined May 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a human rights activist with over 13 years experience in the NGO sector and have over 9 years experience as a Paralegal. I have spent 8 years of my life as a Paralegal focusing of issues ranging from Family Law, Sexual Offences, Mediation,Counselling , Sex Work, Gender Violence,Housing, and recently on refugees and immigrants rights. I am currently placed in an NGO but also provide free services to communities, i am co-founder of a women's organisation and in the process of setting up an advice office called " Ndivho ndi Maanda" which is a Venda work for knowledge is power.

Thandeka Chauke

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined August 2020
Interests: Citizenship
Ms. Chauke is a qualified lawyer skilled in various legal fields including; public interest litigation, constitutional law, administrative law, legislation and policy development, housing and eviction law, land reform and restitution, immigration law, mining and environmental justice. She is currently the manager of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa), working on the right to access to a nationality and the eradication of statelessness.

Tshegofatso mothapo

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
Joined November 2018
Candidate Attorney in the Migrant and Refugee Rights Programme.

Zahra Omar

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) (Unverified)
Joined October 2018
Interests: Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building
Passionate about Human Rights, Rights of Refugees/Asylum Seekers and Internally Displaced Persons,

Zamantungwa Dhlamini

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) (Unverified)
Joined October 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Family, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I have a Paralegal Diploma- currently working at Lawyers for Human Rights in the Refugee and Migrants Rights Program.

Zandile Mashaba

South Africa  
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) (Unverified)
Joined February 2019
Interests: Other
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