Authorised Members Contact Lists

Authorised Members are a critical part of the consultative meetings held following notice of a gathering under section 4 of the Regulation of Gatherings Act. These consultative meetings between the Convenor of the gathering, Authorised Member and Responsible officer – often called called Golden Triangle meetings  – are intended to facilitate the orderly conduct of Read more about Authorised Members Contact Lists[…]

Yotam Ronen / Active Stills

What is the role of private security officers during protests?

‘A security (officer) may not infringe any right of a person as provided for in the Bill of Rights and… may not … enter premises, conduct a search, seize property, arrest, detain, restrain, interrogate, delay, threaten, injure or cause the death of any person, demand information or documentation from any person, or infringe the privacy Read more about What is the role of private security officers during protests?[…]

INVITATION: LRC / Witness Workshop Series in April 2017 on the ‘Right to Record’

During the first week of April 2017, the LRC and Witness are hosting a series of four interactive workshops on the “right to record” human rights violations in South Africa. The four workshops – which are open to the public and free of charge – will run from 09h00 to 16h30 on each day and will focus Read more about INVITATION: LRC / Witness Workshop Series in April 2017 on the ‘Right to Record’[…]

LRC welcomes the UN Civil Society Guide on assemblies

The Legal Resources Centre (“LRC“) welcomes the release of the “10 Principles Civil Society Guide: How to Advocate for Better Management of Assemblies” (“Civil Society Guide”) on 13 January 2017 by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary Read more about LRC welcomes the UN Civil Society Guide on assemblies[…]

Yotam Ronen / Active Stills

When can the police use force against protesters?

“During any policing operation, ongoing negotiations must take place between police officers and conveners or other leadership elements of a protest to resolve issues before they escalate (Instruction 13(2) of National Instruction 4 of 2014).” In terms of SAPS National Instruction 4 of 2014, “the use of force by the police must be avoided at all costs and Read more about When can the police use force against protesters?[…]

LRC Launches Protest Info

On Monday, 29 August 2016 during the State of Protest workshop at the Chalsty Centre, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, the LRC launched Protest Info. Protest Info is web-based LRC Project dedicated to enabling peaceful protest in South Africa. Protest Info seeks to gather all the necessary resources to facilitate the right to peaceful protest and it provides Read more about LRC Launches Protest Info[…]

LRC Attends the Southern African Regional Consultation Meeting on Policing of Assemblies in Africa

On Tuesday, 30 August 2016, representatives of the Legal Resources Centre attended the Southern African Regional Consultation on drafting the Principles and Operational Standards for the Policing of Assemblies by Law Enforcement Officials in Africa at Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria. The development of the Guidelines for Policing Assemblies is a partnership between the African Commission on Human and Read more about LRC Attends the Southern African Regional Consultation Meeting on Policing of Assemblies in Africa[…]