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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is deeply concerned about the recent attacks against foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum seekers, in some parts of South Africa. UNHCR condemns the attacks and is committed to supporting the South African Government in its prevention and response efforts. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
Pretoria, South Africa, 23 January 2015 (UNHCR) – UNHCR is concerned over the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affected foreigners, including refugees and asylum seekers. Continue reading