Date: May 6, 2019

It’s time our leaders stand against xenophobia

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their work, in their community. 

We continue to see our leaders use xenophobic statements that try to divide us for their own gain, scapegoating migrant communities and allowing hate to grow in South Africa.

Refugee and asylum-seekers are facing daily discrimination and living in constant fear of physical attacks since the first outbreak of xenophobic attacks in 2008, which claimed more than 60 lives and injured more than 600 people.

Xenophobic statements by political leaders have fuelled attacks against foreign nationals, based on notions that all refugee and asylum-seekers are criminals or economic migrants who take jobs from South African nationals.

The words and actions of our leader’s matter. Now is the time that political leaders must stop promoting divisive political narratives that fuel xenophobic violence and speak out firmly and promptly against intolerance and discrimination.

We need leadership that unites people around shared values that builds a more inclusive South Africa.

Will you stand with us in calling on our leaders to stand against xenophobia and focus on building a more united South Africa? 

URGE OUR LEADERS TO UPHOLD REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKER RIGHTS

  

We call on our leaders to use fact-based information that brings communities together, and focus on implementing the policies and human rights framework to ensure refugee and asylum seeker rights are protected.

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