Friday, September 04, 2009

Canadian asylum ruling calls Government to see reason


By Kallie Kriel

The civil rights initiative, AfriForum, has asked the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlaminini-Zuma, to appoint a task team comprising experts from minority communities to investigate the causes of the emigration of South Africans of minority communities.

AfriForum has already done research in this regard and will gladly make its findings available to such a task team in order to help find solutions for the flow of South Africans abroad.

This follows after the ruling of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board last Thursday that a white South African of Mowbray in Cape Town, Mr Brandon Huntley (31), presented “clear and convincing proof of the state’s inability or unwillingness to protect him".

According to reports, the Chairman of the tribunal, William Davis, found that Huntley had presented a clear picture of the “unwillingness and inability” of the South African Government to protect white South Africans against racially-driven attacks. Huntley allegedly stated in his evidence that terms of abuse like “white dog” and “settler” had been used against him in South Africa.

In response, AfriForum spokesperson, Willie Spies, said that the South African Government should view this ruling in a serious light. South Africa’s human rights record has already suffered serious damage as a result of the seemingly uncontrolled crime in the country, the Government’s policy of silent diplomacy in Zimbabwe, and the tolerance of racial rhetoric of leading role-players such as Judge John Hlophe and the ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema.

“Urgent deliberation is required now and therefore a task team of experts from minority communities should be appointed to investigate the fears which result in emigration”.

Meanwhile AfriForum’s legal team is preparing for legal action re Government’s neglect to manage and prevent crime. Details about the first steps in the proposed legal battle will be announced soon.

5 Opinion(s):

Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

Good Info, Thanks FishEagle.

Further info on the issue of Canada/RSA REfugee Issue:

At Shock at Refugee Verdict: Jacob van Garderen, director of Lawyers for Human Rights, regarding the decision to grant refugee status to Brandon Huntley (31); says the decision "borders on racism"....

And that Huntley is not persecuted, blah, blah...

Then over at the Lawyers for Human Rights Website..... we find out who has been doing their bit on the RSA Refugee scene... at: LACK OF ACCESS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS’ ASYLUM PROCEDURE The good LHR have been filing lawsuits to make it easier for AFrican Asylum Seekers to get into RSA.....

Newly arrived asylum seekers in South Africa cannot immediately access the Department’s asylum application procedure. The Unit has achieved some success in addressing this unsatisfactory situation with the two court applications that it launched during 2005 and 2006

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Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

Oh, and I forgot....

Also: ACCESS FOR REFUGEES TO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY (CC judgment) [Case]

In the Security Industry nogal.... hmmmm ....

DISABILITY GRANTS FOR REFUGEES [Case]
08/04/2008
Currently, disabled refugees in South Africa are excluded from accessing government-provided social assistance grants. The Strategic Litigation Unit represents a number of individual refugees who are disabled, and two refugee organisations that have refugee members who are disabled. We assisted our clients to launch an application challenging the constitutionality of the exclusion from disability grants......

Loggi said...

Great info, Thanks Adriana.

Anonymous said...

Good on Afri Forum

Doberman said...

"borders on racism" Que? Either it is or it isn't. You can't be "almost pregnant".