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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.
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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 Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is also considering ways to enable millions…
Staff Writer
28 Apr 2018
Articles and OpinionsRefugee and Migrant RightsSouth Africa

SALC IN THE NEWS: WHY AUSTRALIA’S OFFER OF HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION TO WHITE SA FARMERS IS DISTASTEFUL AND SMACKS OF RACISM

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. The racist undertones of Australia’s position is distasteful and has…
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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 their own government that is persecuting them. If third countries…
Staff Writer
28 Feb 2018
International Criminal JusticeJudgmentsOngoing casesRefugee and Migrant RightsSouth Africa

SOUTH AFRICA/RWANDA: JUDICIAL REVIEW OF DECISION BY SOUTH AFRICA TO GRANT REFUGEE STATUS TO FORMER RWANDA GENERAL ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES

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 for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) with the supported of SALC.…
Staff Writer
17 Jan 2018
Articles and OpinionsFreedom of Expression, Assembly and AssociationRefugee and Migrant RightsSouth AfricaZimbabwe

SALC IN THE NEWS: ZIMBABWE: WHAT HOPE FOR DIASPORA VOTE IN 2018 ELECTIONS?

The Daily Maverick In the past the constitution of Zimbabwe and other legal instruments were not providing for Zimbabweans abroad to vote. However, the 2013 Constitution makes provision for a diaspora vote but unfortunately the country is still to align its laws to the supreme law. By SALLY NYAKANYANGA. Last…
Staff Writer
30 Oct 2017
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2015-2017 BIENNIAL REPORT

SALC envisions a region in which domestic and regional courts are strong, independent, and fully functional and in which they uphold and enforce the rule of law and human rights. To that end, SALC works with domestic lawyers in each jurisdiction, who are litigating public interest cases involving human rights…
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SALC CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENTS OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO DO MORE TO PROTECT REFUGEE, AND ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANTS ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY 20 JUNE 2017

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the UNHCR together with refugee advocates worldwide commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. We reflect here on refugee and mixed migration movements in the Southern African region calling on governments to respect the rights of asylum…
Staff Writer
19 Jun 2017
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Successful outcome of judicial review of decision to grant refugee status to suspected war criminal before the supreme court of appeal

Johannesburg– On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal was scheduled to hear arguments in an appeal lodged by the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa in the case of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants (CoRMSA) and others v President of The Republic of South Africa…
Staff Writer
25 May 2017
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Media Advisory: Judicial Review of decision to grant refugee status to suspected war criminal Appeal Hearing before the Supreme Court of Appeal

Johannesburg- On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear an appeal lodged by the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa in the case of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants (CoRMSA) and others v President of The Republic of South Africa & Others matter. The…
Staff Writer
22 May 2017