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Caledon Group’s Memorandum to Mayor and Premier

  MEMORANDUM TO THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE PREMIERS OFFICE The Caledon Square Group is concerned, deeply concerned, about the strategies put in place by the City of Cape Town over the decision made by the Cape High Court concerning the Premier of the Western Cape’s application to open and […]

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Caledon Square refugees running out of shelter: Mayor’s response is callous and racist

 Caledon Square refugees running out of shelter: Mayor’s response is callous and racist Plea to Mayor Helen Zille and other state authorities: Open community centres for displaced people including: Sea Point Civic Centre, Good Hope Centre,  Cape Town Civic Centre or similar for the 170 people making up the Caledon Square Group; Woodstock Community Hall, […]

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Workshop: Take action against xenophobia

How can you respond to the xenophobia crisis? The Treatment Action Campaign invites you to come to a workshop to learn how you can take action against xenophobia. It will take place on Monday 16th June 2:30 – 4:30. The workshop will discuss the social causes of xenophobia and how you can play a role […]

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Speech by Mark Heywood at UNGASS Civil Society meeting

SPEECH BY MARK HEYWOOD FOR CIVIL SOCIETY HEARING ON “ACTION FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS 2010: MYTHS AND REALITIES” 10 JUNE, 2008 Friends and comrades. Good morning. My theme is: Human Rights – do we believe in them and what if we do? My name is Mark Heywood. I am one of the leaders of the Treatment […]

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Court order forces City of Cape Town to open community centres

At about 1am in the morning on 10 June, the Cape High Court ordered the City of Cape Town to make available community halls to temporarily settle “displaced foreigners”. The interdict was obtained by the Premier of the Western Cape. The TAC wrote a supporting affidavit. At about 1am in the morning on 10 June, […]

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AIDS: A multigenerational challenge – Providing a robust and long-term response

Gregg Gonsalves of ARASA has delivered a hard-hitting speech at UNGASS, rebutting the arguments of conservative public health officials who claim that over-expenditure on AIDS ignores other developing world health needs. 2008 High Level Meeting on AIDS General Assembly, United Nations, New York AIDS: A Multigenerational Challenge – Providing a Robust and Long Term Response […]

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Crisis at Soetwater Camp escalates: hunger strikes and attempted suicides

A tragedy is unfolding as people who fled xenophobic terror now face the uncaring machinery of the state. Most camps and shelters in which displaced people are staying fall below international humanitarian standards. Camp must be closed immediately and the City and Province must open facilities in communities, especially the city centre and suburbs, to […]

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Herzlia school sends petition to mayor and premier asking for Caledon Square refugees to be sheltered

On the evening of 23 May, about 150 people displaced by xenophobic violence gathered outside Caledon Square, Cape Town’s main police station. They have two demands: (1) they need shelter and protection in the CBD area (or surrounding suburbs) and (2) they want the United Nations to assist most of them to return to their […]

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Joint appeal by civil society in South Africa to the UN & UNHCR

It is now more than 3 weeks since widespread xenophobic terror against foreign nationals has erupted in provinces across South Africa. To date, over 20,000 people in the Western Cape have been displaced, some are staying in community halls and local shelters, but many have been taken to refugee camps, some against their will. Across […]

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TAC handing over relief efforts

TAC is no longer accepting donations from the public, but instead requests that all donations be given to the various aid organisations that are providing aid relief to the various shelters and camps. It appears that the humanitarian organisations that usually do this kind of work have got the situation under control. TAC wishes to […]

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March in Cape Town today against xenophobia

Meet at 10am in Cape Town’s Keizersgracht Street today to march against xenophobia. The march will proceed to Parliament from 11am. The march will be led by leaders of the refugees/displaced people from xenophobic violence, who will address the media at the ALP offices in 122 Longmarket Street, Cape Town at 2pm today.

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