Statelessness is a reality for more than 12-million people around the world, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In absence of a system to identify and protect the stateless in South Africa, it will be challenging to obtain reliable figures on this population.
LHR, in partnership with ACMS, details the latest trends on policy shifts and detention in South Africa. These recent changes amount to a significant reduction of asylum-seeker and refugee protection, culminating in increased danger of re-arrest, in contravention of domestic and international law.
This report summarises the work of LHR's Immigration Detention Monitoring Unit from February 2011 to March 2012. Despite the legal protections afforded to asylum-seekers, refugees and other migrants in South Africa, the detention and deportation of foreign nationals continues to be regularly carried out in an unlawful manner.
Persistent bias and incapacity in South African refugee status determination.
Represented by 20-member delegation headed by H.E Mr. Andries NEL, Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa.
LHR has made submissions to the Department of Home Affairs on the draft regulations to both the Births and Deaths Registration Act No 51 of 1992 and the South African Citizenship Act No 88 of 1995.
The report Captured Childhood is based on interviews with 70 children in 11 countries and draws on international law to ask for an end to child detention. A model to prevent child detention is described and builds on good practices identified in research done by the International Detention Coalition. Detention, even for a very short time, can cause long-lasting damage and is unnecessary in the case of children and families.
The effective governance of South Africa's scarce water resources plays a crucial role in the realisation of the Constitutional right to a healthy environment and to have access to sufficient water. There is severe stress on water resources and their management.
NGOs note with appreciation that ten African States have pledged to ratify and/or incorporate into national law the Kampala Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. NGOs are also heartened that thirteen African States have taken the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Statelessness Convention to consider accession to this important instrument. We encourage these States to follow through with their pledges and others to follow suit.