Lesotho Special Permit deadline extended

The Department of Home Affairs has extended the Lesotho Special Permit deadline until the end of December 2016. Lesotho nationals have until then to regularise their stay in the country or face deportation.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department will consider extending the deadline for online applications later as the cut-off date was last Saturday (1st of October). Gigaba says the process at the 11 application centres set up throughout the country will continue until December 31.

The department states that over 52 000 Lesotho nationals have submitted their applications. They are now in the process of checking those applications to see if they comply with the requirements.

UN New York Declaration

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Yesterday, the 19th of September 2016, world leaders came together at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants – a declaration that expresses the political will of world leaders to protect the rights of refugees and migrants.

By adopting the New York Declaration, UN Member States are making bold commitments to: develop guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations; start negotiations of an international conference and the adoption of a global agreement for safe and orderly migration in 2018; and lastly, to hold more responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees by adopting a global compact on refugees in 2018.

Within the New York Declaration, a joint initiative aimed at increasing private sponsorship of refugees has been agreed upon between the Government of Canada, the Open Society Foundations, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since the 1970’s, the Canadian government has promoted the resettlement of more than 275,000 privately sponsored refugees, and even currently helping to support and integrate many refugees in Canada’s recent Syrian resettlement program. Privately sponsored refugees have been shown to have positive settlement results as well as relatively early integration within the communities due to the increased support from their private sponsors. Using Canada as a model, the United Nations hopes to increase private sponsorship of refugees throughout the globe.

In addition to the New York Declaration, the Secretary-General of the United Nations also launched a new campaign as a response to the rising xenophobia called: “Together – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” The campaign highlights the economic, cultural and social contributions that migrants and refugees make to countries of origin, transit and destination. It will also counter misinformation and misperception of refugees and migrant by encouraging contact between migrants, refugees and those in the destination countries. He urged world leaders and UN member states to join this campaign as a commitment of upholding the rights and dignity of all refugees searching for a better life.

Want to read more about this? Use the following links:

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1126819

http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/

https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/together

New Internship Opportunities!

PASSOP relies heavily on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge and skills of its volunteers and interns. At any given time, there are usually 4-7 interns and volunteers working with us, mostly students from the United States, Europe and South Africa. Their roles and tasks vary and are designed to match their own expertise and interests, as well as PASSOP’s priority needs and campaigns at different times.

What you need to Volunteer/ Intern

To intern at PASSOP, a background or strong interest in one or more of the following areas is recommended: law, human rights, migration issues, political science, development studies and journalism. We are looking for highly motivated and dynamic young people who are passionate and fearless in standing up and fighting for the rights of the vulnerable, the poor and the marginalised.

If you are interested in volunteering at PASSOP, please send us your application form and let us know what motivates you to want to get involved with PASSOP.

Current Internships:

LGBTI Refugee Program and Fundraising Intern

PASSOP is looking for someone passionate about LGBTI rights who understands the complexities of being an LGBTI person living in a new country and the challenges that brings.

The LGBTI Refugee Program Intern would help run the support group and monthly skills-training program as well as give suggestions on how to improve the program. They would also assist with fundraising to help the program members obtain legal documentation.

You must be a self-starter and have experience working with people. Previous experience in social work, with human rights/social justice organizations a plus, as well as grant writing or fundraising experience.

Skills:

-Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects
-Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel, Google apps)
-Ability to work in a team environment
-Strong organizational skills
-Experience working or studying abroad a plus

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
3 – 6 months
Please send a CV and cover letter to: interns.passop@gmail.com

Fundraising/PR intern

The Fundraising/PR intern must passionate about human rights/social justice. They must have experience in at least one of the following: managing fundraising events, grant writing that has led to funding for an organisation, experience of working with NGO’s or non-profit organisations and/or setting up a donor base.

The intern will focus mainly on obtaining funds for PASSOP, assist with processing donations, Assist with the implementation of event logistics and planning, writing grants, and improving and keeping relationships to other NGOs, organisations and donors. They will also have the chance to work within whichever specific program they feel (please see our website for our current programs).

Skills:

-Experience or interest in event management and fundraising
– Strong communication and collaboration skills to interact with other NGOs
-Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects
-Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel, Google apps)
-Ability to work in a team environment
-Strong organisational skills
-Experience working or studying abroad a plus

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
3 – 6 months
Please send a CV and cover letter to: interns.passop@gmail.com

Social media and marketing intern

PASSOP is looking for an enthusiastic intern who is willing to take control and manage multiple social media platforms within the organisation. The intern must have good communication skills and have had a background within social media as well as an interest for NGOs or human rights organisations.

The intern will focus mainly on organising PASSOP’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin, as well as replying to comments and emails on all social media platforms.

Skills:

-Experience or interest in social media and marketing
-Capacity to multi-task and ability to prioritize across multiple projects and social media platforms
-Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel, Facebook, website design, Instagram, Twitter, Google apps)
-Ability to work in a team environment
-Strong organisational skills
-Experience working or studying abroad a plus

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
3 – 6 months
Please send a CV and cover letter to: interns.passop@gmail.com

Colours of Cape Town: Solidarity with the LGBTI refugee community

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PASSOP is hosting a community-building and awareness-raising event on Saturday July 23rd. The aim is to promote understanding and tolerance, as well as further the integration of LGBTI refugees into the larger LGBTI community here in Cape Town. Our hope is that the event will encourage LGBTI refugee rights activism, empower the community, and be educational for those outside the community. The latter being extremely important for the safety of this very marginalized population. There will be an array of speakers:

-People who work directly with the community speaking on the specific challenges LGBTI refugees face
-LGBTI refugees who will selflessly share their personal stories
-Community leaders who will promote the message of empowerment

We will also showcase an exhibition of award winning photographer Robin Hammond’s “Where Love is Illegal” project. http://whereloveisillegal.com/

The event will be free and open to the public. Among those encouraged to attend will be: Police, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Labor, community leaders, church leaders, LGBTI organizations, and South African media.

Please RSVP to the facebook link: Colours of Cape Town