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. It remains vigilant and will not abandon its role of watchdog and advocate for the just cause.