Refugee and Migrant Rights

SALC’s Refugee and Migrant Rights work is integrated within its other programmatic areas and focuses on the following objectives:

  • To challenge unlawful detention of migrants in Malawi.
  • To challenge laws and policies which allow for stateless children.
  • Regional advocacy on xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

 

 

04 Oct 2018 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Mozambique court orders release of detained asylum seekers...

A Mozambique court ordered the authorities to release three asylum seekers who arrived in the country after fleeing persecution in their country of origin. The asylum seekers were held without charge since April 2018 when they arrived in Chimoio, the…

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13 Aug 2018 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Botswana: Court recognises a child’s right to a name and nationality...

SALC supported a case challenging the refusal of the Attorney General and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs to register the birth of a child born to a Botswana father. The child was born to…

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31 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
SALC STATEMENT: Mozambique detains three asylum seekers unlawfully for more than...

SALC is concerned about the prolonged unlawful detention of three asylum seekers in Chimoio, the capital city of Manica province in central Mozambique. Despite alerting the authorities including the Instituto Nacional de Apoio ao Refugiado (INAR) and the United Nations…

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12 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: Road accident Bill paved with bad intentions for foreigners...

The Times Live The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) has raised an objection to the exclusion of undocumented migrants from all of the benefits of the proposed Road Accident Fund Benefits Scheme Bill. The Bill aims to replace the current…

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04 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: It is a tragedy that Zimbabweans outside the country will not ...

Daily Maverick Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh & Gabriel Shumba On 30 May 2018, the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court in Shumba and others v Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs & others ruled that Zimbabweans outside the country could not participate in elections and…

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01 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: ZIMBABWE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT DISMISSES CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE T...

On May 30, 2018, The Zimbabwe Constitutional Court handed down judgment in Gabriel Shumba & Others v Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs & Others. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) together with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)…

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29 May 2018 Staff Writer
SALC SUBMISSION ON THE ROAD ACCIDENT BENEFIT SCHEME BILL: SUPPLEMENTARY SUBMISSI...

SALC objects to the exclusion of undocumented migrants from the benefits of the proposed Road Accident Fund Benefits Scheme Bill. Access the supplementary submission here.

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29 May 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: LAWYERS OPPOSE NO-FAULT SCHEME...

The Business Day RAF Bill excludes driver's liability for road accidents High cost of accidents: The Black Lawyers Association has taken issue with proposals in the Road Accident Fund Benefits Scheme Bill to withdraw the right to sue a person…

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28 Apr 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: ZIMBABWEANS HAVE BEEN RETURNING HOME IN DROVES...

The Citizen The government is also considering ways to allow its expats to vote in elections. African News Agency reports that formerly exiled Zimbabweans have been returning home in droves since the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwean President…

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19 Mar 2018 Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
SALC IN THE NEWS: WHY AUSTRALIA’S OFFER OF HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION TO WHIT...

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh The Daily Maverick Australia has detained asylum seekers for years on remote Pacific Ocean Island, Nauru, yet is now proclaiming to offer humanitarian protection to white South African farmers who face neither oppression nor persecution by their government.…

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28 Feb 2018 Staff Writer
Protection Frameworks for Refugees and Migrants in Southern Africa...

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…

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17 Jan 2018 Staff Writer
SOUTH AFRICA/RWANDA: JUDICIAL REVIEW OF DECISION BY SOUTH AFRICA TO GRANT REFUGE...

This case concerns the judicial review of the decision of the South African authorities to grant refugee status to a former Rwandan general and suspected war criminal, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in June 2010. The case was brought by the Consortium…

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