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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.