Archive for August, 2008

UNHCR begins repatriating victims of xenophobic violence

27th August 2008 Uncategorized

Krugersdorp, South Africa – Earlier this month, the UN refugee agency helped repatriate a first group of refugees who had been displaced by last May’s wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa and become unhappy with life in this country. More are likely to follow. (more…)

Abuja to host regional meeting ahead of 2009 Durban review conference

20th August 2008 Uncategorized

Abuja – Representatives of African governments, United Nations and other intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and other representatives of civil society will gather, from 24 to 26 August in the Nigerian capital Abuja, to discuss racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the run-up to a major conference on these issues which is scheduled to take place in 2009. (more…)

Displaced foreigners prepare to vacate temporary shelters as deadline looms

14th August 2008 Uncategorized

Johannesburg – As the deadline draws closer for the closure of temporary shelters set up by the Gauteng provincial government in South Africa for foreigners displaced in recent xenophobic attacks, Gloria*, a Zimbabwean asylum seeker, is still unsure where she will go. The Rifle Range temporary shelter in Johannesburg, which has been her home for the last two months, is expected to be shut down tomorrow. (more…)

UNODC and Department of Social Development to commemorate 10 years of victim empowerment

12th August 2008 Uncategorized

From 18 – 20 August 2008, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) and the South African Department of Social Development host a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) in South Africa. (more…)

UNIC Pretoria and partner commemorates National Women Day with a Photo Exhibition

8th August 2008 Uncategorized

Pretoria – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Pretoria and the Human Sciences Research Council commemorated South African’s national Women’s Day on 6 August by organizing an exhibition in Pretoria titled, “Women Empowered”. (more…)