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Human Rights Lawyers Access Foreigners Detained in South Africa

FILE: Refugees fleeing anti-immigrant violence are processed by immigration officers at a transit camp in Beit Bridge, ZImbabwe, April 24, 2015.

Lawyers in South Africa say they have been given access to detained foreigners, including Zimbabweans, who were arrested recently at the Johannesburg Methodist Church.

The clampdown came hard on the heels of xenophobic attacks in the country recently, which left seven people dead.

David Corte, co-ordinator of strategic litigation at the Lawyers for Human Rights, tells Studio 7 they talked to some detainees Friday following an order by the High Court for South Africa to stop all deportations of the arrested foreigners and allow them to have access to attorneys.

Nearly 600 foreigners were arrested at the Johannesburg Methodist Church where they have been living due to various challenges. Amnesty International on Friday appealed to the South African government to implement the High Court order.

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