LRC FOCUS AREAS

openness & accountability
Openness and accountability – values contained in Section 1 of South Africa’s Constitution and described by South Africa’s Constitutional Court as the lifeblood of democracy – are not merely ends in themselves. They are vital to achieving a society based on equality and human dignity as envisioned by the...
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The LRC’s housing and planning work has three complementary legs, working to create a new jurisprudence that protects the rights of the poor, help those in need on a client-by-client basis, and work co-operatively with government and other organizations by sharing information in the interests of the most marginalized people...
EQUALITY
The primary objective of the LRC’s gender work is to ensure substantive equality for all women in South Africa. Its primary focus areas include: gender-based violence, harassment, discrimination, equality in the workplace, customary and religious laws, and access to land and housing. The LRC empowers women by providing them...
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South Africa attracts the largest number of asylum seekers in the world. They face many obstacles, including the constant threat of deportation, government red tape, xenophobia, and lack of social and medical assistance when they come to South Africa. In 2008, foreigners, many of them asylum seekers, were the object...
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The LRC believes that children are the foundation on which a new South Africa must build itself. Following a number of important Constitutional Court case victories, children’s social and economic rights are improving. But numerous key challenges remain. The LRC is working to compel the government to honor its obligations to children....
Access to Justice & Civil Society Support
Fifty-two percent of people living in South Africa’s rural areas are unemployed, and 32 percent of households in these areas depend on government support as their main source of income. These people do not often have access to the legal justice system. In many cases, the LRC has been the...
Land & Resources
The overall objective of the LRC’s environmental work is to protect the environmental rights enshrined in the South African Constitution. The LRC is the only public interest environmental law practice in South Africa that provides legal services to those who cannot afford to pay for support – addressing the impact of development activities...
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The LRC’s earliest land work involved helping poor and marginalized communities resist forced removals during the apartheid era. Today, the LRC supports poor individuals and communities whose land was taken unlawfully from them on a case-by-case basis. Some of the LRC’s work involves urban restitution cases, but most client communities...