Violation of Human Rights of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Refugees – Victims of Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

17 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2010  

Theodore Kamwimbi

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Klara Banaszak

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Shanaz Khan

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Jennifer Morgan

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Attila Nadori

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Andrew Ives

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office

Date Written: September 2, 2010

Abstract

This paper discusses violations of the civil and political, social and economic, and cultural rights of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa during and after the xenophobic violence of May 2008 and analyzes the response of the South African government in light of its obligations under national and international law. This paper focuses primarily on the impact of the violence and its aftermath on refugees and asylum seekers in and around Cape Town, particularly those housed in the Youngsfield and Blue Waters safety sites established in response to the xenophobic attacks and finally evacuated in April and May 2010.

Keywords: Blue Waters, human rights, refugees, South Africa, xenophobia, Youngsfield

Suggested Citation

Kamwimbi, Theodore and Banaszak, Klara and Khan, Shanaz and Morgan, Jennifer and Nadori, Attila and Ives, Andrew, Violation of Human Rights of Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Refugees – Victims of Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa (September 2, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 01, No. 05, pp. 67-83, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1671003

Theodore Kamwimbi (Contact Author)

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

Klara Banaszak

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

Shanaz Khan

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

Jennifer Morgan

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

Attila Nadori

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

Andrew Ives

Projects Abroad Human Rights Office ( email )

South Africa

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