Legal Resources Centre (LRC) (South Africa)

The mission of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in South Africa is: (1) to strive, both for itself and in its work, for a fully demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety based on the prin­ci­ple of sub­stan­tive equal­ity and to ensure that the prin­ci­ples, rights, and respon­si­bil­i­ties enshrined in the national Con­sti­tu­tion are respected, pro­moted, pro­tected and ful­filled; (2) to func­tion as an inde­pen­dent, client-based, non-profit pub­lic inter­est law clinic which uses law as an instru­ment of jus­tice and pro­vide legal ser­vices for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alized, includ­ing the poor, home­less, and land­less peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties of South Africa who suf­fer dis­crim­i­na­tion by rea­son of race, class, gen­der, dis­abil­ity or by rea­son of social, eco­nomic, and his­tor­i­cal cir­cum­stances; (3) to work for a fully demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety and to build respect for the rule of law and con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy; enable the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alized to assert and develop their rights; pro­mote gen­der and racial equal­ity and oppose all forms of unfair dis­crim­i­na­tion; and con­tribute to the devel­op­ment of a human rights jurispru­dence and to the social and eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion of soci­ety; (4) the LRC seeks cre­ative and effec­tive solu­tions by using a range of strate­gies, includ­ing impact lit­i­ga­tion, law reform, par­tic­i­pa­tion in part­ner­ships and devel­op­ment processes, edu­ca­tion and net­work­ing within South Africa, the African con­ti­nent and at the inter­na­tional level.

LRC's vision is inspired by their his­tory and the Con­sti­tu­tion and inter­na­tional human rights stan­dards. They are com­mit­ted to a fully demo­c­ra­tic soci­ety based on the prin­ci­ple of sub­stan­tive equal­ity and to ensure that the prin­ci­ples, rights, and respon­si­bil­i­ties enshrined in their national Con­sti­tu­tion are respected, pro­moted, pro­tected and ful­filled.

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