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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Shadow Report on South Africa’s Initial Country Report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

The UCT Refugee Rights Unit recently contributed to civil society's Shadow Report on South Africa's Initial Country Report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

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Student Community Service Programme at the Refugee Rights Clinic

Ernst Muller, Final Year LL.B Student, gives his views on the Student Community Service Programme at the Refugee Rights Clinic

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Recent Publications

The Refugee Rights Unit is pleased to announce four publications in the latest edition of Refuge, Canada's Journal on Refugees.

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Workshop on Access to Justice & The Constitutional Rights of Non-Nationals

On 24 October 2012, the Refugee Rights Unit, in collaboration with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) and OXFAM, hosted a workshop on Access to Justice and Constitutional Rights for non-nationals.

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Refusal to wear a burka led to death threats

The Refugee Rights Unit assists a young Somali woman who was forced to flee her country after being threatened by the al-Shabaab militant group for refusing to wear a burqa.

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UCT hosts top refugee law experts taking part in UN roundtable

UCT hosted an expert roundtable on the International Protection of Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence on 13 and 14 September.

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Community Service Volunteers at the Refugee Rights Unit

For many years, the Refugee Rights Unit has been extremely fortunate to benefit from the assistance of student volunteers, both from South Africa and from further afield. Training students has always been viewed as one of the core components of the Unit.

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Court order to main services for new arrivals in Cape Town

Cape High Court disturbed by submissions that newly arriving asylum seekers do not have rights

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SAFER July 2012

On 9-11 July 2012 the Refugee Rights Unit convened its annual Sustained Advocacy for Empowered Refugees ("SAFER") Course.

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Working Paper Series

The Refugee Rights Project launches the Working Paper Series

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Katshingu v The Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs

Cape High Court hands down judgement in favour of UCT Refugee Rights Project client

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SAFER - September 2011

On 5-7 September 2011 the Project once again provided a three day course in refugee law and practice, rights assertion and community conflict resolution for refugee and community leaders.

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Training on Unaccompanied and Separated Foreign Children in South Africa

On 18 & 19 July 2011 the Project conducted training workshops with members from the DSD offices and service rendering partners in locations including Vredenberg, Vredenal, Caledon, Paarl, Malmesbury, Wynberg, Bellville, Khayalitsha, Langa, and Cape Town participated.

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World Refugee Day 2011

The Refugee Rights Project celebrates World Refugee Day 2011 with a co-organized Conference hosted at the University on 20 June 2011.

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SAFER 2011

On 13-15 June 2011 the Project once again provided a three day course in refugee law and practice, rights assertion and community conflict resolution for refugee and community leaders.

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Training Seminar for Magistrates in the Western Cape

The Refugee Rights Project recently facilitated an intensive and well recieved training seminar for Magistrates within the Western Cape on Refugee and Immigration law.

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Memorandum on the Nairobi Code and the UNHCR Code of Conduct

Matthew Budow, an intern from the University of Michigan, was asked by the Project to provide a brief opinion on the Nairobi Code and UNHCR Code of Conduct.

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Refugee Rights Project comments on the Immigration Amendment Bill

On 27 January 2011 Refugee Rights Project members made submissions at Parliament in the public hearings on the new Immigration Amendment Bill (32-2010), held by the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs.

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Research and teaching boost for Refugee Rights Project

The Refugee Rights Project in UCT's Faculty of Law will upgrade its teaching and research portfolios, thanks to a boost from the Foundation for Human Rights. During 2011 the project will conduct research and produce reports on the access to justice for victims of xenophobia, the right of refugees and asylum seekers to work in South Africa, litigating the rights of refugees in South Africa, and the future management of permanent residence for long-stay refugees.

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Polity.org interviews Project Director

Polity.org recently conducted an interview with the Project Director on the xeonphobic attacks on foreign migrants in South Africa.

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Recent publications

The Refugee Rights Project is pleased to announce that two of its staff members recently published articles in peer reviewed journals.

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World Refugee Day 2010 Conference

The Refugee Rights Project is proud to report on a successful 2010 World Refugee Day Conference, which it co-organized and hosted at the Faculty of Law on 18 June 2010.

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Refugee Rights Project Director speaks in Geneva

Fatima Khan, director of the Refugee Rights Project at the UCT Law Clinic, has just returned from Geneva, Switzerland, where she took part in the 2009 High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges.

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Refugee Rights website goes live

On the web: UCT Law Clinic communication strategist Johannes Sieverding, who created the clinic's new Refugee Rights Project website, with Refugee Rights Project head, Fatima Khan.

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UCT refugee-rights expert addresses AU

The UCT Law Clinic's years-long work with refugees was fitting preparation for Fatima Khan when she attended a meeting called by the African Union's (AU) Division of Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced Persons in Africa, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4 to 6 November.

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World Refugee Day: An Open Lecture

On Thursday, the 18th of June, Dr. Lawrence Mgbangson from the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will give an Open Lecture at the Kramer Law School Building.

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Two minutes of silence in remberance of victims of xenophobic attacks

In remembrance of the victims of the Xenophobic attacks, which swept the country in 2008, the Refugee Rights Project initiated a 'Two minutes of Silence' gathering at the Kramer Law School.

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UCT LAW CLINIC, Refugee Rights Project

Press Statement

On Friday the 7th of March and Saturday the 8th of March a number of recognised refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe were the victims of looting and attacks by local Zwelethemba community residents.

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Launch of CLEAR

The Refugee Rights Project (RRP) recently joined the newly founded Centre for Legal and Applied Research (CLEAR).

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