Ruvi Ziegler was in South Africa the week of February 17 and he participated in two events:
A lecture on ‘Voting Rights of Refugees‘ (his book) at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. (Click on the link to see the report)
A panel entitled ‘Are Refugees unwelcome in South Africa? Exploring the ramifications of the Refugees Amendment Act’ hosted by The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC). the University of Johannesburg.
Ruvi tweeted about it here.
Clare Foges of The Times posted this article:”Illegal migrants must be sent a clear message”
Ruvi Ziegler had this response:
Sir, Given Clare Foges’ concerns about those contemplating entering Britain illegally, perhaps she can advise: which visa should a gay Iranian facing the death penalty, a young Eritrean subject to an indefinite military service under conditions of servitude, or a Pakistani Christian couple penalised for blasphemy apply for in order to enter Britain legally and claim asylum? Illegal entry is a feature, not a bug, of a system which lacks safe and legal routes to protection for those facing persecution. This, rather than an “elastic” refugee definition, is where reform is needed.
Dr Ruvi Ziegler
Associate Professor in international refugee law, University of Reading