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11 February 2008
HUMAN rights issues concerning refugees,immigrants and exiles needed urgent action at all three levels of government,experts said last week during a panel discussion at Wits University. The discussion dealt with the police raid onimmigrants at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg on January31, as well as the country's immigration policy. The panel highlighted the lack of...
19 October 2007
Tears of joy flowed on Tuesday when the Richtersveld community finally won back the diamond-rich land taken from them almost a century ago.The restoration of the land was part of a settlement agreement confirmed by Land Claims Court Judge Antonie Gildenhuys, sitting in Cape Town.His order, handed down just after 4pm, ended a decade-long legal battle that went all the way to the Constitutional...
20 September 2007
BEN MACLENNAN | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - Sep 20 2007 14:27A group ofRichtersveld residents is to challenge a settlement agreement with thegovernment when the document goes before the Land Claims Court in Cape Townnext week for ratification.

Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin andrepresentatives of the Richtersveld Sida !hub Communal Property Association(CPA) signed the agreement in April...
14 May 2007
JOHANNESBURG - Former Zimbabwe oppositionlawmaker Roy Bennett said yesterday he had finally won asylum in South Africa -the first senior Zimbabwe political figure to succeed.The "happy" Bennett, who has been in the countryfor more than a year now, said Home Affairs gave him the asylum papers onFriday after the Refugees Appeal Board overruled a decision by the governmentto deny him...
3 September 2006
Illegal immigrants fume at their treatment in Lindela, (Sunday Independent, 2006-09-03)   For all its controls and systems, commissions of inquiry and checks on corruption, the repatriation camp fails in many ways to serve the people who are incarcerated there. It's a long way from home, this crowded courtyard in Section B at Lindela repatriation camp outside Krugersdorp. Sadly,...
1 August 2006
  In the first case of its kind in the world, refugees from across Africa have approached the Constitutional Court to help them gain access to the private security industry. But the matter before the court is about more than just refugees who want to be security guards. "To my knowledge, before the court was approached, no other court, either in South Africa or any other jurisdiction in the...
31 May 2006
This year South Africa celebrates its Constitution’s tenth anniversary. Under its guidance, the country has made remarkable advances in overcoming past injustices and creating a country that respects the rights of all its residents. But judging by how well it protects the most vulnerable members of our society—including refugees and asylum seekers—South Africa still has a long way to go. Indeed,...
30 May 2006
  Indien mnr. Roy Bennett, bekende Zimbabwiese opposisielid, 'n regverdige verhoor kry van Suid- Afrika se onafhanklike appèlraad, sal hy ingevolge die wet "baie beslis" as politieke vlugteling kwalifiseer, meen Bennett en sy regsverteenwoordiger. Dít kan verreikende implikasies hê vir honderdduisende Zimbabwiërs wat om politieke redes na Suid-Afrika gevlug het of graag hier sou...
26 May 2006
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA May 26 2006 12:08South Africahas decided against granting asylum to white Zimbabwean opposition politicianRoy Bennett, who fled his country two months ago amid fears for his life, hislawyers said on Friday.

Bennett, a former member of Parliament for theopposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sought asylum in South Africain March after Zimbabwean police sought...
24 May 2006
The project coordinator has been elected to the Executive committee of the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Advisory council for children (KPACC), which is spearheaded by the Office of the Rights of the Child, which is situated at the KwaZulu Natal Premier’s office. This partnership with Provincial Government will ensure that the rights of children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS will be realized...