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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Freedom House.]

In response to the enactment of new laws that drastically limit the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa—traditionally a place of refuge for Africans from throughout the continent—Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The South African government should immediately revise the Refugees Amendment Act to safeguard the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and ensure that the Act conforms to South Africa’s constitution and international law,” said Jon Temin, director of Africa programs at Freedom House.

Paul Graham, project director for Freedom House Southern Africa, noted his concern with the strict procedural requirements in the Act: “The requirements mean that many individuals in the country who need and deserve refugee protection could lose or never obtain it. Those affected may lose the freedom to earn livelihoods, express their opinions, and engage in political processes, and could be sent back to countries where they fear persecution or violence. While South Africa was once lauded for its advanced refugee policy, implementation of that policy has long fallen short of international standards. The new regulations reveal a growing, and overt, priority for exclusion rather than protection.”

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South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
3.2% y/y in July 2020 (CPI) & +1.9 y/y in July 2020 (PPI)
-51% q/q (2nd quarter of 2020)
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