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Joint Civil Society Appeal to UN and UNHCR (3 June 2008)

"Besides sending some supplies and some evaluators to the country, the UN has been largely absent during these past three weeks of violence against refugees in our country. We believe that the UNHCR is in violation of its own international mandate and obligation to assist and advise people who have been displaced by the violence."

Civil Society Memo to UNHCR on World Refugee Day (20 June 2008)

"We believe that the South African office of the UNHCR has failed to respond meaningfully to the needs of displaced people."

UNHCR Message to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Africa

This letter was undated, contained several problematic statements, and distributed en masse to all the large camps and some community halls

Civil Society Response to UNHCR "Message to Refugees and Asylum Seekers" (9 July 2008)

This document demanded clarification and explanation of the UNHCR "message."  This included clarification of vague language, forsight adn planning with regards to the crisis in Zimbabwe, the logic in its statements about repatriation, resettlement and reintegration.