International law defines refugees as people who have fled their homes due to conflict situations or the threat of persecution; they are not to be returned to the situations they fled from nor are they to be expelled1. Members of the international community have a duty to protect refugees, a duty which was affirmed in the aftermath of World War II with the ratification of the 1951 Refugee Convention2 which gave birth to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (a programme under the United Nations tasked with the protection and support as well as in assisting with the voluntary repatriation of refugees).
September 12, 2016
Margaret C. Lee Visiting Professor
Institute for Global Dialogue UNISA
Good afternoon! It is indeed an honor to be asked to speak to you today. I have traveled the world and spoken to many groups, but I can truly say this is the greatest honor of all, to be asked to present some of my research to COSATU.
The United Kingdom referendum on whether to withdraw or not from the European Union resulted in 52% of the voting population deciding to ‘Leave’. The resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the collapse of the pound sterling were immediate consequences of a ‘Leave’ campaign grounded on numerous lies and already, as the days after the result proved, a number of broken campaign promises. The referendum results were received enthusiastically among far-right nationalist politicians in other countries, despite the fact that profound splits within the UK (i.e., in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London) were also made evident immediately afterward.
The once favorable and intimate relations between the Philippines and the United States (US) seem to be heading to a road of complications, with the Philippines under the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte showing signs and interest to steer away from the US influence.
Reviewed by Siphamandla Zondi
The time is ripe for the correction of this deep-seated cognitive injustice committed by dominant discourses suppressing, denigrating, silencing or just neglecting perspectives and world views from outside the Western world. This results in a distortion of world history told only from a Eurocentric angle and thus robbing the readership and listeners of the rich diversity of discourses that have been taking place for centuries emanating also from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and so forth.