Press Review 27 October 2016

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NATIONAL

PASSOP intervenes in case on detention of suspected illegal foreigners

TimesLive, 10 October 2016

People Against Poverty‚ Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) has filed its written submissions as a friend of the court in a challenge to the detention regime implemented by the Department of Home Affairs when detaining people suspected of being illegal foreigners‚ in particular the aspect of judicial oversight of detainees. The submission were filed on Thursday. PASSOP is being represented by the Legal Resources Centre. The matter of Lawyers for Human Rights v Department of Home Affairs will be heard in the Constitutional Court on November 8. The matter concerns the procedures and safeguards governing the detention of people suspected of being illegal foreigners under section 34(1) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002. The High Court has declared sections 34(1) (b) and (d) of the Act constitutionally invalid

City Home Affairs closure slammed

IOL, 18 October 2016

Immigration lobby groups have slammed the Home Affairs Department-contracted Global VFS for poor planning in not being able to cater for the “high volume” of visa applicants in the city. This comes after an office meant to process visas for foreign nationals in Adderley Street shut down because the landlord, Rennie Properties, had “run foul” of the tenant, Global VFS, due to safety concerns. The closure has led to hundreds of applicants being turned away when they came to submit and collect their documentation.

‘Call back the spies’

TimesLive, 24 October 2016

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has called on the government to rehire spies to gather intelligence on the illegal foreigners coming through the country’s porous borders. The Zulu monarch said the spies could also help to supply security agencies with information on the high levels of crime in the country. Delivering a keynote address during a meeting with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and traditional leaders at Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma on Friday, Zwelithini said there was nothing wrong with the spies. “Resuscitate the spies. There was nothing wrong with spies, but they must work together with the police. There is something wrong with our security,” he said. The king said he was concerned about the influx of illegal foreigners into the country and urged the government to tighten the laws to deal with this. “The truth is that our borders are not properly secured.”

Silent war on Somalis in Port Elizabeth

News24, 25 October 2016

Aisha Ali Noor, 29, sits on the bed in her dimly lit first-floor apartment on Durban Road in the Port Elizabeth suburb of Korsten. It is 07:30 and outside her window the road is already alive with activity as shop owners and traders load their bakkies with goods from the numerous Somali wholesalers that line both sides of the street. “I’m afraid all the time,” Noor tells GroundUp via a translator. “I don’t go out anymore unless I have to. I’m worried I will be killed.” Noor came to South Africa in 2011 after losing both her parents in Somalia. She left four children back home and joined her husband in Port Elizabeth. In 2014 Noor’s husband and his business partner were stabbed to death in front of her in their spaza shop in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth’s largest township.

REGIONAL

UN refugee agency condemns rising violence against civilians in Central African Republic

UN News Centre, 13 October 2016

The United Nations refugee agency today condemned attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “strongly condemns attacks against civilians which severely hamper the provision of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to populations in need,” said the agency’s representative for the country, Kouassi Lazare Etien in a news release. Fighting in the past month between ex-Séléka militiamen and anti-Balaka fighters has affected western, eastern and central parts of the country and the capital, Bangui, according to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission .

Africa Needs More Resources to Host Refugees With Dignity

allAfrica, 14 October 2016

Their hearts are in the right places, but will resources match their goodwill? That is a question you cannot help but ask when you visit Yumbe in northern Uganda, where some of the over 140,000 refugees have fled after fresh fighting broke out in neighbouring South Sudan in July. Uganda’s open-door policy has been much hyped for being one of the most generous in the world. Through the Settlement Transformative Agenda, local communities are part of the support system for refugees. The host communities’ goodwill is harnessed – food is shared, goods are traded as communities are made to feel included in the noble cause of hosting those displaced by manmade or natural disasters.

South Sudan: Italy allocates €3.9m for refugee support

Africanews, 18 October 2016

Italy has allocated 3.9 million euros for emergency interventions to support South Sudanese refugees. The amount will also support communities that are hosting these refugees in neighbouring Uganda and Ethiopia. The allocation is to cater for the the provision of essential services to the refugees among others the provision of food, health and others sanitary interventions.

Kenya accused of ‘dumping’ Somali refugees back over the border with no support

theguardian, 20 October 2016

Authorities shutting down Dadaab are repatriating up to 400 people a day despite lack of shelter, clean water or schools. Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016. Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are repatriated as part of a UN scheme. But Jubaland state authorities have now suspended the returns process, saying local services are overwhelmed and the repatriation process amounts to the “dumping of human beings in an undignified way”.

South Sudanese refugees double in the DRC – UN

Africanews, 21 October 2016

The UN refugee agency says the number of South Sudanese refugees registered in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo nearly doubled last month to reach about 54,000, as heavy fighting continues to ravage the world’s youngest nation. Hundreds have been killed in South Sudan in battles that broke out in July between troops loyal to long-time rivals President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar. Dozens more died in fighting last weekend.

INTERNATIONAL

EU gets tough on African migrants

Africanews, 20 October 2016

European Union leaders are getting tough on African migrants after successfully halting an influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and sealing a controversial deal with Turkey. A summit to be held in Brussels on Thursday is expected to endorse pilot projects which will pressure African governments to slow the exodus of people from the continent. The tough measures to be implemented by the European Union will identify illegal migrants who will be flown back to Africa before next year’s migration season-when thousands are expected to engage in dangerous trips across the Mediterranean using boats from Libya. A senior EU diplomat told the Reuters news agency they hope to start seeing results by the end of the year.

Africa: Europe Vs Africa – the Refugee Double Standard

allAfrica, 22 October 2016

As hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to make their way into the European Union – already the home of 1.3 million – many governments have begun passing anti-immigration laws in response. However, while the “wealthier” Europe panics over the influx of asylum seekers, the numbers are much higher in Africa. In this week’s Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan sets the record straight on how Africa is really bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis.

Europe pays out to keep a lid on Ethiopia migration

IRIN, 24 October 2016

A $500 million investment aims to keep migrants at bay. The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles. Set off a busy main road, it hosts refugees from the conflicts and struggles in South Sudan, Congo, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen, Burundi, and more besides. Ethiopia has a refugee population of 700,000, the largest in Africa. In the first few weeks of October alone, an additional 31,000 people fleeing the crisis in South Sudan arrived in the west of the country. But Ethiopia is not only an important destination for refugees, it’s also a key country of origin and transit for migrants as well.

 

 

 

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