Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

Executive Director

Region(s): Africa
Based in Johannesburg


Current Occupation: Executive Director
Organization/Institution: Southern Africa Litigation Centre

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is the Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC). She has been working in the human rights sector since 2001.  Her expertise is in the fields of human rights, freedom of expression, refugees and migration, democracy, rule of law and international criminal justice.

She was employed at Lawyers for Human Rights from 2002- 2014 where she initially headed the Immigration Detention Monitoring Unit and was thereafter appointed as Manager of the Refugee and Migrants Rights Programme, which position she held from 2007- 2014. She was the Board Chairperson of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa from 2007-2011 and the Southern African regional representative for the International Detention Coalition (IDC) . She is a founding member of the Secretariat of the African NGO Taskforce –– a network of organisations working on refugee protection in Africa. She has significant experience and expertise in the fields of asylum, migration, refugee protection, citizenship and statelessness.

Kaajal has been involved in many precedent-setting human rights cases in South Africa, including one which declared the immigration detention of children unlawful. In 2015, her organisation initiated the much-publicized proceedings to have Sudan’s President Al-Bashir arrested in South Africa for the grave crimes he stands accused of by the International Criminal Court.