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Grassroots organisations condemn mass deportation during COVID-19 pandemic

The C19 People’s Coalition – of which PASSOP is a member – condemns calls for the mass deportation of foreign nationals from South Africa. It demands urgent action from government to prevent xenophobic violence.

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Our open letter on xenophobia during COVID lockdowns

The public statements communicating South Africa’s efforts to fight COVID-19 have excluded migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers living in this country – almost all of whom are African.

This exclusion fuels xenophobic attitudes and intensifies the human and economic toll of COVID-19. It is also inconsistent with the crisis of the times, the preamble of the South African Constitution and your role as the chair of the African Union.

Read full statement here.

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Internship opportunities beginning in August

We are excited for the interns from Italy and the USA that will join us from May until August 2019. Are you also interested in learning more about PASSOP and getting involved yourself? Apply now for an internship by sending us your CV and filled our application form to internship.passop@gmail.com.

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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.

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New Instagram!

Check us out on our brand new Instagram!

@passop.ngo

https://www.instagram.com/passop.ngo/

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UN New York Declaration

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

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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.

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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

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COLORS OF CAPE TOWN: Solidarity with LGBTI refugees

In many African countries, LGBTI people are persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Homosexuality is illegal in 38 of the 54 African countries, and four countries enforce the death penalty for persons who identify as homosexual or transgender. African LGBTI people in extreme danger in their home country flee to South Africa to find refuge, as their constitution is the most progressive in the region. However, the lived reality after arrival is far from desirable.

LGBTI refugees face extreme challenges after relocating to South Africa. They are doubly marginalized, as they are not accepted into their own refugee communities because of their sexual orientation/gender identity nor are they accepted into LGBTI communities because they are foreigners. They encounter homophobia, xenophobia, violence, discrimination, and abuse by the general population, their own refugee communities, as well as the police and government officials. They struggle to find employment due to lack of proper documentation (which is often denied to them based on their sexual orientation/gender identity) or they are fired once their sexuality (or in some cases HIV status) is revealed. Many are kicked out of shelters, rejected from housing, and denied medical services all because of homophobia.

This must end.

COLORS OF CAPE TOWN: Solidarity with LGBTI Refugees

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. 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

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 come will be: Police, Department of Home Affairs, Department of Labor, community leaders, church leaders, LGBTI organizations, South African media.

Our hope is that the event will encourage LGBTI refugee rights activism, empower the community, and be educational for those outside the community.

Please join us at:

The Nest
129 Longmarket Street
Saturday July 23
6pm – 10pm

Free food, cash bar

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Deadline extended for Lesotho special permit applications

Lesotho Special Permit Extended