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Tag Archives: south

Quelling xenophobia in South Africa’s townships

(IRIN) – This week marks five years since tensions between foreigners and South Africans living in impoverished communities across the country erupted in xenophobic violence, leaving more than 60 people dead and tens of thousands displaced, their homes and businesses robbed and abandoned. Since May 2008, various initiatives have been...
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South Africa’s flawed asylum system

(IRIN) – South Africa attracts the largest number of asylum seekers in the world, but grants refugee status to very few of them, ranking only thirty-sixth in the world for the size of its refugee population, which the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) puts at about 58,000. The Department of Home...
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Seoul urges China on North Korea refugees

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has asked China to deal with North Korean refugees “in accordance with international rules”. China is reportedly in the process of repatriating up to 30 North Koreans who were recently arrested. They could face severe punishment, even death, in the North for leaving, activists say....
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HIV/AIDS: Ten big stories in 2011

It’s been a roller coaster of a year in HIV and AIDS. AIDS turned 30 in 2011, and with new evidence of the effectiveness of HIV treatment as prevention, experts are increasingly talking about “the end of AIDS”. At the same time, however, funding for HIV has become ever more...
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