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13 August 2008
ARE foreign nationals in Pietermaritzburg at the receiving end of South African police harassment? Up until last month, 26-year-old Zimbabwean refugee Phinias Joe probably would have said no. Despite having been in South Africa since 2004, he'd never been asked by police for his ID book, let alone his (valid) refugee papers.  But that was before his brush with the law on July 22, which resulted...
11 August 2008
THE past three months have seen a dramatic change in the public perception of this country's victims of xenophobic violence. From once pathetic victims of violent wrath by SA's poor and disillusioned, refugees upset by the government's poorly planned re-integration policy have now been branded as ungrateful rebels. This is often what happens when you don't live up to your brand name. The...
29 July 2008
  By Zelda VenterBarely two metres from the busy R512 roadleading to Lanseria Airport and Hartbeespoortdam, eight families have bravedthe inclement weather after they were evicted from the farm on which some hadlived for more than 60 years.

The group ranges from the elderly to smallchildren.

On Sunday night when the Pretoria News visited the evictees,65-year-old Priscilla Masilo and Jeremiah...
28 July 2008
Out in the cold (once again)NICOLE JOHNSTON: NEWS ANALYSIS | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Jul 28 2008 15:39In the space of just a few weeks, the status of refugees fleeing xenophobic violence has gone from victim to offender. The official line is that they are at best ungrateful and at worst criminals who have something to hide. The crisis at the Glenanda camp last week was sparked when the...
23 July 2008
Release Glenanda Asylum seekers - lawyers   Asylum seekers and refugees detained at the Lindela Repatriation Centre following their removal from Johannesburg's Glenanda camp on Tuesday should not be deported, Lawyers for Human Rights said on Wednesday. Spokesperson Jacob van Garderen said his organisation had sent a team of lawyers to the detention centre to help those who believed they had...
23 July 2008
The Citizen 23 July 2008 Fight to save foreigner camps   STEVEN TAU and CHRIS BATHEMBU   JOHANNESBURG - LAWYERS for Human Rights (LHR) will fight a bid by the Gauteng government to demolish temporary shelters set up to house victims of xenophobic attacks across the province. The provincial government announced yesterday that the shelters will be destroyed by the end of the week...
22 July 2008
Pretoria - Residents of the Schubart and Kruger Parkflats in Pretoria obtained an urgent Pretoria High Court interdict on Tuesdayto stop their eviction.This followed an outbreak of violence and the death ofat least six residents when a fire broke out in the Kruger Park flats duringprotests against forced evictions.Judge Ferdi Preller granted an interim order to stopevictions from continuing at...
1 July 2008
LHR’s Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme is seeking a lawyer with human rights experience in its Musina office in Limpopo.    Key responsibilities: monitoring of the deportation process and the treatment of detainees who held pending deportation to Zimbabwe; Legal assistance to asylum seekers and migrant workers in that region; · Liaise with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees...
23 April 2008
DESPITE the denials by President Thabo Mbeki and Home Affairs Minister Novisiwe Mapisa-Nqakula, there is a crisis in Zimbabwe; one that threatens to further displace the Zimbabwean people. Both have stated that there is no crisis that warrants any policy or intervention on the part of the government regarding the numbers of people crossing the SA-Zimbabwe border. This intransigent view on the...
3 March 2008
A blind father has finally been reunited with his nine-month-old daughter after a bitter legal battle. And now lawyers want the courts to prevent social workers from taking children away from their biological parents on flimsy grounds. The girl was taken away from her father in November last year, shortly after her mother's funeral. The father, who can't be named to protect the child, looked...