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Saturday, November 06, 2004

South Africa: Immigrants Protest Ill-Treatment


Scores of immigrants from five Southern African countries marched to a deportation centre in South Africa this week to protest against the alleged abuse of foreigners on the premises.
"The problem is that the South African authorities do not check whether the immigrants, particularly the Zimbabweans, are genuine asylum seekers - they merely arrest them and deport them,"
Gabriel Shumba, the legal advisor of the NGO, Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, said that of the 5,000 Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa, only 11 had been given asylum. "We have received reports of torture in the centre, and that the immigrants do not have access to adequate sanitation."
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