Re: Incorrect Allegations of RLP Closure by Government
Greetings from the Refugee Law Project (RLP). We are saddened by a number of reports in the media and social networks to the effect that the Refugee Law Project has been closed down by government. We would like to clarify to the general public and all other stakeholders that we are in operation and all our offices in Kampala, Gulu, Hoima, Mbarara and Kitgum are open and operational. The rumor of RLP closure is untrue.
What is true is that, in a letter dated 14th March 2014, the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees wrote to all Refugee Settlement Commandants and Refugee Desk Officers advising them to suspend the activities of RLP in the settlements pending investigations on allegations that RLP was promoting homosexuality in the settlements. On 20th May, RLP received another letter from the Permanent Secretary, signed off by the Commissioner for Refugees in the Office Prime Minister, extending the suspension to the Kampala office.
While the RLP refutes the allegations, it respects the due processes. As such, we are engaged in various discussions with the government authorities to resolve the matter and have the suspension lifted. We would also like to inform all stakeholders that the suspension only relates to work involving direct interface with refugees. All the other activities, such as research, capacity building for key stakeholders, community outreaches, legal advocacy as well as actual court representation for our clients, continue.
We would therefore like to allay fears of RLP closure and inform you that we are operational. We would also like to inform you that official communications relating to RLP, on this matter, will come from the office of the Director.
Walter Richard Aliker