NGOs note with appreciation that ten African States have pledged to ratify and/or incorporate into national law the Kampala Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. NGOs are also heartened that thirteen African States have taken the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Statelessness Convention to consider accession to this important instrument. We encourage these States to follow through with their pledges and others to follow suit.

The experience of childhood is increasingly urban. Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children – now live in cities and towns. Many children enjoy the advantages of urban life, including access to educational, medical and recreational facilities. Too many, however, are denied such essentials as electricity, clean water and health care – even though they may live close to these services.

International News: More than 60 submissions by IDC members and counterparts to Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

States worldwide are increasingly using various forms of detention as a one-size fits all approach to migration management in an attempt to address irregular migration. When detaining arriving refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, states give little consideration to specific vulnerabilities such as age, gender, medical conditions and protection needs.

LHR 's submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants on the situation of immigration detention in South Africa.

This is a joint submission on South Africa’s Country Report to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Mechanism. This report is submitted by Lawyers for Human Rights and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa.

The ‘first safe country” principle affects the admission and recognition of asylum-seekers. This brief considers the history of the principle and its impact on international and domestic law.

LHR has drafted a briefing paper outlining the need for South Africa to sign and domesticate both the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. This briefing was presented to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on the 11th August 2011.

LHR has considered the legal position as well as South Africa's obligations when rejecting asylum seekers who have passed through another safe country without applying for asylum in that country.