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South African legal aspect for voluntary repatriation of refugees

By Dingaan Willem Mathebula

Abstract

The dissertation investigates South Africa’s legal aspects pertaining to voluntary repatriation of refugees. The repatriation of Mozambican and Angolan refugees was referred to in order to examine the loopholes in the process of repatriating them. This study moreover examines whether the application of the cessation clause is in contravention of the principle of non-refoulement, which is intrinsically the cornerstone for voluntariness of repatriation. The analysis of international, regional and South Africa’s refugee protection framework demonstrates that South Africa affords refugees the protection required by international law. This has been compared with states’ practice and case law with regards to refugee protection in countries including Canada and the United Kingdom. Although South Africa, Canada and the United Kingdom have comprehensive legal framework governing refugees’ protection, refugees’ rights have been violated on numerous occasions. The dissertation consequently concludes that notwithstanding the presence of international, regional and domestic legislations, the rights of refugees are violated due to their vulnerability and the repatriation process ignores the principle of voluntariness on several occasions.Public, Constitutional, and International LawLL

Topics: Refugees, Voluntary repatriation, Cessation, Non-refoulement, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, 341.4860968, Repatriation -- South Africa, Refoulement -- South Africa, Refugees -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- South Africa, Refugees -- Government policy -- South Africa, Human rights, Asylum, Right of -- South Africa, Emigration and immigration law -- South Africa, Repatriation -- Canada, Repatriation -- Great Britain, Refugees -- Government policy -- Canada, Refugees -- Government policy -- Great Britain
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:uir.unisa.ac.za:10500/19916

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