Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa

Salc : Staff Writer

States guarantee basic human rights and ensure physical security for their citizens. However,
when people become refugees these protections disappear. Refugees fleeing war or persecution
become incredibly vulnerable. They lose the protection of their own state and often it is their own
government that is persecuting them. If third countries do not let them in or offer protection,
refugees may be condemned to an intolerable situation where their basic rights, physical security
and their lives are in jeopardy. This publication includes articles looking at South Africa’s
dysfunctional asylum system, the arbitrary detention of migrants in Malawi as well as refugee
protection in Uganda. It also considers the abuse of the refugee protection system in protecting
suspected war criminals.

The book can be downloaded here.