Press Review 11 February 2016

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Tags: africa; xenophobia forced migration;refugees; asylum seekers;development;xenophobia

Image credit: King Goodwill Zwelithini

SAHRC about to conclude Zwelithini probe

News24, 10 February 2016

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is finalising its investigation into Kind Goodwill Zwelithini’s alleged xenophobic comments. The commission looked into complaints lodged against Zwelithini following his comments at a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal, in March last year, SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said on Wednesday. Zwelithini allegedly said that foreign nationals had to leave South Africa and return to their home countries. A spate of xenophobic attacks erupted around Durban in April, before spreading to Johannesburg.

SA’s implementation of human rights laws ‘problematic’ – HRW

News24, 27 January 2016

Human Rights Watch South Africa says while the country has strong human rights laws in place, implementation remains “problematic”. Human Rights Watch launched their annual report in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Wednesday. It reported that South Africa continued to face a number of human rights challenges, particularly in terms of its treatment of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, adding that government had struggled to stop attacks on the homes and businesses of foreign nationals.

Eyewitness News, 30 January 2016

Home Affairs has announced that Lesotho nationals living in South Africa illegally will no longer be deported. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced the introduction of the Lesotho Special Permit, which will allow Basotho nationals, with proof that they are either working, studying or running a business, to live in South Africa for four years.

South Africa: When Can the Police Detain You for Not Showing Documents?

allAfrica, 4 February 2016

GroundUp recently reported the story of Malawian men who were detained by the police for not having documents showing they were legally in the country. Under what circumstances can the police demand that people show identification proving they are legally in the country? We asked Lawyers for Human Rights. Here is an answer from two of their lawyers.

South Africa: Port Elizabeth – Home Affairs Risks Contempt of Court After Missing Refugee Centre Deadline

allAfrica, 8 February 2016

After a protracted legal battle, the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office was to open its doors on Tuesday morning, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal. But those doors will remain firmly closed leaving thousands of asylum seekers vulnerable. The department of Home Affairs is in real danger of being held in contempt of court.

South Africa: SA Deports 140 Zim Ex-Cons, 100s More to Follow This Week – Report

allAfrica, 8 February 2016

Hundreds of irregular Zimbabwean migrants are to be deported from South Africa on Wednesday following the forced repatriation of 140 ex-prisoners this weekend, state media has reported. The official Chronicle newspaper said that 950 Zimbabwean migrants who had broken South African immigration regulations had been identified at Lindela Holding Centre in Johannesburg.



Tanzania Threatens to Deport Migrants From Drought-Hit Ethiopia

allAfrica, 26 January 2016

Tanzanian authorities have threatened to deport hundreds of Ethiopian migrants who have crossed into the country illegally while trying to make their way to South Africa. The east African country is a major transit route for migrants, used by smugglers to ferry Ethiopians and Somalis to South Africa and Europe.

South Sudan: Former UN Official Slams Failure to Protect Darfur’s Refugees

allAfrica, 28 January 2016

RFI spoke with the former head of the United Nations in Sudan, Dr. Mukesh Kapila, who has slammed the UN over its failure to protect civilians in Darfur, where 34,000 people have been displaced by violence in the past two weeks. The UN urged Sudan on Wednesday to allow more aid into Western Darfur. Dr. Mukesh Kapila, who formerly worked as the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, said that this wasn’t enough. He didn’t mince his words.

Rwanda ‘training Burundian refugees’ – claim

eNCA, 4 February 2016

A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. The report by experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, which was seen by Reuters on Wednesday, contained the strongest testimony yet that Rwanda is meddling in Burundi affairs and comes amid fears that worsening political violence could escalate into mass atrocities. The report cites accounts from several rebel fighters, who told the sanctions monitors the training was done in a forest camp in Rwanda.

East Africa: Those Who Covet Working Abroad Should Be Watchful!

allAfrica, 8 February 2016

Recently, the Ugandan government decided to ban the recruitment and deployment of Ugandans as migrant workers in any foreign country. The decision came as a result of multiple cases of ill-treatment of Ugandans who went to the Arab world in search of greener pastures. The menace faced by Ugandan migrant workers is not an isolated case, but abuses that have been going on against many migrants who went to the Arab world in search of menial jobs. A barrage of cases of inhuman treatment has widely been reported by the media where some of migrant workers have been subjected to servitude. For example, some migrant workers were sexually abused, forced to have sexual intercourse with dogs, subjected to slave labour with unbearable low wage or no payment at all, coerced to work without a rest and so forth.

Books not bombs for Sudan refugees

IRIN, 9 February 2016

One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan. The town shelters more than 70,000 Sudanese refugees who have set up homes, businesses and have established themselves within the local community.  But now, in an effort to decongest Yida and provide better services, the government and humanitarian partners are trying to persuade them to relocate to an  official camp in Ajuong Thonk, further south in Unity State.

Mozambique to send delegation to refugees in Malawi

Star Africa, 10 February 2016

The Mozambican cabinet has said that it is sending a high level delegation to assess the situation of the Mozambican refugees who have fled into Malawi, APA learns here on Wednesday.The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said more than 3,000 Mozambicans have fled to Malawi to escape fighting between government forces and rebels in the coal mining province of Tete in the last three weeks


Kenya: IOC Promises to Ensure African and Syrian Refugees Compete At the Rio Olympics

allAfrica, 1 February 2016

With the world facing an unprecedented global refugee crisis, the International Olympic Committee says it will ensure African and Syrian refugees are not denied an opportunity to compete at the Rio Olympic Games. On Sunday, top IOC officials – led by deputy director general Pere Miro – visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp and announced that they had selected 16 refugee athletes to train at a special camp in Ngong.

East Africa: We Can’t Kick Out Helpless Burundians – Mushikiwabo

allAfrica, 10 February 2016

The Government will continue to house and protect Burundian refugees who have fled political instability in their homeland and will not be swayed by unfounded accusations from international actors with vested interests, Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo has said. The minister, who was yesterday updating the Senate on the country’s foreign policy, said Rwanda was abiding by international obligations by accommodating the refugees and ensuring their safety until peace is restored in the neigbouring country to allow their repatriation.


Africa: OECD and UNHCR Back Increased Refugee Integration

allAfrica, 28 January 2016

Two leading international organizations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today called on governments to step up efforts to help refugees integrate and contribute to the societies and economies of Europe. Both organizations stressed it made economic sense to help the millions of refugees living in OECD countries to develop the skills they need to work productively and safely in the jobs of tomorrow.

UN issues $18m to aid refugees in Uganda

Business Day Live, 30 January 2016

The United Nations released $18 million on Friday to Uganda to support the cost of hosting refugees fleeing regional conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. The aid from UN Central Emergency Response Fund will cater for at least 512,000 refugees, with 30% of the funding going to hosting communities, the UN refugee agency’s Ugandan office said by e-mail on Friday from the capital, Kampala.


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