On 13 October, PASSOP partnered with GiveOut and The Funding Network to crowd source fundraise for LGBT refugees across the globe. The event also supported our partner organisations in the United Kingdom, including Rainbow Migration and Consortium!
The report is published by Georgetown University and co-authored by our executive director!
In a review of our new report, Jan Bornman writes: “[H]ome affairs officials consistently fell short in a number of legal obligations when reviewing the applications of LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers, contravening elements of several pieces of legislation.”
A collaboration of civil society organisations makes submissions on the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.
Based on research conducted by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) this report validates what LGBTI+ asylum seekers coming to South Africa have been saying for years – it suggests that these individuals are being denied administrative justice, be it due to direct discrimination or procedural errors.
Our comrade, Carl Collison, interviewed a gay refugee, Robert (not his real name), a gay Zimbabwean man who fled to South Africa in the hopes of making this his home.
What Robert found instead was abuse at the hands of other gay men, homophobia from Department of Home Affairs officials as well as the difficulties of navigating the Covid-19 pandemic as a sex worker living in a foreign country. In this short film by Carl Collison, Robert speaks with candour about fleeing his homeland, his life in South Africa and his hopes for the future. This film was commissioned by the GALA Queer Archive and sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Migrant organisations and researchers warn about the dangers of a denying migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented people access to COVID-19 vaccination.