We, the participants to the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights held in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria from 7th to 9th November, 2008,
Call on the South African government to grant asylum to all Zimbabweans seeking
asylum in SA, whether it be for economic or political reasons. Public order has been
destroyed in Zimbabwe. Applications for asylum have been denied based on the powersharing deal signed between opposition parties in Zimbabwe. The department of Home affairs is of the opinion that there is peace in Zimbabwe since the power sharing deal
has been signed.
Call on the South African government to declare a moratorium on the deportation of
Zimbabwean asylum seekers, whether undocumented until a transitional authority is in
place in Zimbabwe.
Call on the South African Government to develop and implement an integrated
programme of action that addresses xenophobia in collaboration with civil society and
Call on the South African government to ratify OPCAT.
Done in Abuja, November 9th, 2008