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The Right to Protection - The Law

Domestic, regional and international laws affecting migration

Domestic Law

  • South African Constitution
  • Refugees Act (130 of 1998)
  • Immigration Act (13 of 2002)
  • Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (3 of 2000)
  • The Children's Act 2005 – This requires that unaccompanied minors, even if undocumented or illegally in the country, be placed in temporary places of safety – not detention centres.

International and Regional Law

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Convention and Protocol Relating to Status of Refugees
  • Organisation of African Unity – Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugees