Category Archives: UN on Xenophobia

Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern

UNHCR staff meet with displaced people at a site near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. Photo: UNHCR/T. Machobane

UNHCR staff meet with displaced people at a site near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. Photo: UNHCR/T. Machobane

South Africa, 17 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency has today welcomed efforts by South Africa’s Government to contain a recent wave of xenophobic violence that has accounted for the deaths of six people in the past three weeks in South Africa.

However, Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency remains concerned about the attacks, which have also led to displacement of more than 5,000 foreigners, some of whom included refugees and asylum-seekers. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General on xenophobic violence in South Africa

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

New York, 22 April 2015 – The Secretary- General condemns the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of at least seven people in the past few weeks. He expresses his condolences to the families of the victims.

The Secretary-General notes the actions and statements of the President of South Africa and the Government to address the violence. He welcomes the public expressions of the many South Africans who have been calling for peaceful coexistence and harmony with foreign nationals. He urges that all efforts are made to avert future attacks, including any incitement leading thereto, and encourages peaceful solutions.

International Organization for Migration calls for collective interventions to fight violence against migrants

Photo credit: Mike Holmes

Pretoria, 14 April 2015 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is deeply concerned over the resurgence of attacks against migrants that have been going on and continue to spread throughout Durban and other parts of South Africa for the past two weeks. IOM calls for urgent collective interventions by the government, media, and the civil society in preventing violence against migrants in the country. Continue reading

UNHCR welcomes the response by government to xenophobia attacks

Pretoria, South Africa, 10 April 2015 (UNHCR) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is deeply concerned by the continued outbreaks of xenophobia that have been occurring around the country, especially those in Durban which have led to the displacement of many foreign families, including refugees and asylum seekers and welcomes the increased response from Government to address the issue. Continue reading

UNHCR, IOM and UNICEF join forces with the Mail and Guardian African Truth Dialogues to have a debate on xenophobia

 During proceedings, Marc Gbaffou (Africa Diaspora Forum Chairperson and member of the panel) provides examples of the brutality of xenophobic attacks., Johannesburg

During proceedings, Marc Gbaffou (Africa Diaspora Forum Chairperson and member of the panel) provides examples of the brutality of xenophobic attacks. Johannesburg. Credit: UNHCR/ P. Rulashe

Johannesburg, 3 March 2015 – UNHCR, IOM and UNICEF joined forces with the Mail and Guardian African Truth Dialogues to have a debate on xenophobia held at WITS University. The panel discussion included Clementine Nkweta-Salami, UNHCR Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Richard Ots, IOM Chief of Mission, Andries Viviers, Education Specialist at UNICEF, Her Excellency Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, Nigerian Consulate General, Jean Pierre-Misago, researcher at the African Center Migrations Studies and Marc Gbaffou, Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum.
The event was moderated by Xolani Gwala, host of the popular afternoon drive show on Radio 702. Continue reading

UNHCR deeply concerned by resurgence of xenophobic violence in Soweto

Pretoria, South Africa, 2 March 2015 (UNHCR) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is deeply concerned by the resurgence of xenophobic violence in Soweto, less than a month after refugees and foreign nationals fled the township. UNHCR is also concerned about the numerous and on-going attacks on refugees and foreign nationals in other parts of the country, including the Western Cape, North West and Mpumalanga. Continue reading