MEDIA ALERT: New handbook on rights and realities of forcibly displaced children and youth in South Africa

Date: 30/01/2023

Lawyers for Human Rights and terre des hommes Deutschland (Germany) invites the media to the virtual report launch of a new handbook on the rights and realities of forcibly displaced children and youth (FDCY) in South Africa. The report launch is scheduled to take place on Microsoft Teams (link to join: on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 from 13h00 to 14h00.

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent, non-profit organisation with a 43-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change to deepen the democratisation of South African society. As part of its work, LHR conducts research and advocacy regarding policy and legislative transformation that is in the public interest. Terre des hommes (tdh) Germany is an international child rights non-profit organization which supports community based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) improving the living conditions of children and ensuring a fairer world where children’s rights are fully realised.

LHR, with the support of tdh, has created a handbook to serve as a detailed guide to the law relating to Forcibly Displaced Children and Youth (FDCY), their rights, and their access to public services, and their lived realities.

The handbook is meant to be a living document. It is intended to map out application of these laws and policies to demonstrate how laws and policies are impacting the lives of FDCY. It should be seen as a source of information that aims to point out the failings of our system regarding the protection of FDCY and the unlawfulness of some aspects of their lived experiences.

This handbook is but one contribution towards strengthening the capacity of those with a material say in the lives of South Africa’s refugees, asylum seekers and migrants: the legal fraternity, in its roles as adjudicators and advocates, Parliament, in executing its oversight role, and civil society, in its admirable efforts to ensure accountability.

We invite you to a discussion of the handbook, its importance and uses. Should you wish to attend the virtual launch, please use the login details provided below:

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 13h00-14h00

Link to join:

Meeting ID: 316 776 103 385

Passcode: 4uRmSC

For further information contact:

Madhavi Narayanan, Strategic Litigation Programme


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