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The Refugee Rights Unit, under the directorship of Associate Professor Fatima Khan, is committed to providing direct assistance, support and advice to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, and also to engaging in research on key issues related to refugees, legal status, rights, social impact and other matters. This research is used to promote and advance the law in this area and further provides a foundation for advocacy tools in the future.

In addition, as a registered Law Clinic, we provide opportunities for Articles for law graduates seeking posts as candidate attorneys, and we also serve as one of the places where UCT Law students can accrue their community service hours (which has been a requirement of the LLB degree).

To achieve our goals and deliver effectively on our mandate, the Refugee Rights Unit requires funding. While UCT subsidises core costs to a large extent, serving as host to the Unit's physical space, we are always seeking additional funding to support the scope and depth of the critical work we do - as one of the only refugee rights-focused law clinics in South Africa.

The Refugee Rights Unit's key funders are the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.  You too can become a friend of the Unit, by donating to and supporting our work.

For easy online donations, eligible for a Section 18A tax certificate, you can donate via the main UCT donations page - by simply selecting your preferred payment method (credit card, eft or snapscan) and then selecting "Other" in the Project drop down list, and specifying Refugee Rights Unit as the project name.

We are not able to do our work without the support of our donors and friends. Thank you for considering us in your philanthropy.