Peacekeepers as allies in tackling sexual violence in conflict

At the Summit, Uganda’s Minister for Internal Affairs, Hon. Minister Henry Okello Oryem, pledged to provide training for armed forces on the Protocol. Since 2016, with fundingsupport from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the British High Commission in Uganda, Refugee Law Project has trained Uganda Battle Groups (UGABAG) peacekeepers on documentation and investigations of sexual violence in conflict using the protocol. So far, 1,088 (229 females, 859 males) UPDF soldiers have received training prior to deployment for peacekeeping operation in the East and Horn of Africa region.
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“Hard and Unbearable”: COVID-19 Induced Challenges as told by Refugee and Host Support Group Leaders Briefing

Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Uganda, lives have and continue to change dramatically. With several measures and televised Presidential directives, the #StayHome mantra continues to impact lives in various ways. Refugees and host communities have not been spared – if any, the pandemic has worsened the already biting challenges and vulnerabilities.

With some vulnerable communities in ‘hard-to-reach’ places at the receiving end of the directives and its associated enforcement and curfew, many of the things happening in and around refugee-hosting areas haven’t made it to the media. Many refugees and hosts are mired in inadequately documented challenges. While communities have not resigned themselves to the hurdles at hand and are adopting numerous creative coping mechanisms, the ways in which such resilience and positive coping mechanisms can be supported and replicated elsewhere by government, civil society, and international actors requires further exploration.

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Surviving Torture and Fighting Stigma Workshop

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
On 14 June 2019, Refugee Law Project published a video titled “Aimé Moninga: My Journey To Overcoming Effect Of Sexualised Torture”. This video reflects the journey of Aimé Moninga (President of Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda) and touches on the day-to-day challenges that male survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) as well as the struggle to break the silences that surround the same.

Perspectives of Urban Refugee Children on Humanitarian Actions in Kampala

Ahead of the commemoration of the Day of the African Child (16 June 2019) under the theme ‘Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First’, and as a leading Centre for Justice and Forced Migrants, Refugee Law Project (RLP) in consultation with leaders of refugee-led community support groups, organised a roundtable discussion on the theme of the day to explore how humanitarian workers can strengthen and promote the protection of rights of refugee children. The 2019 Day of the African Child (DAC) coincided with Sunday – a weekend in Uganda. The urban refugee children and their caretakers braved a cold and drizzly Saturday morning to participate in a roundtable dialogue on children’s rights and protection in humanitarian settings.

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National Coordination Mechanism on Migration Training on Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus 10-14 June 2019

The NCM is a government-led initiative aimed at implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) objectives by strengthening a whole government approach through strategic partnerships for better migration management. Its membership includes policy makers and technocrats at government level, academicians and Civil Society Organisations. RLP has been a member of the NCM since 2015.

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Modeling best practice on Conflict Related Sexual Violence

Powerpoint presentation delivered by Onen David (Programme Manager - Gender & Sexuality) at the training of Religious Leaders on International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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RLP’s model of addressing conflict-related sexual violence

Speech delivered by David Onen (Programme Manager - Gender & Sexuality) at the training of religious leaders on International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict 

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Orientation of Members of Parliament on Transitional Justice

On the 7th March 2017, Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University in collaboration with the Greater North Parliamentary Forum (GNPF) held an orientation seminar for Members of Parliament representing the greater North region of Uganda (Acholi, Bugisu, Bukedi, Bunyoro, Karamoja, Lango, Sebei, Teso and, West Nile sub regions).

This briefing note highlights key issues that emerged from the meeting.

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The Mental Health of Refugees in Prison, a case-study from Western Uganda

This study looked at the mental wellbeing of refugees in prisons located in Western Uganda. It highlights the importance of understanding of refugee inmates' mental wellbeing so as to provide them with adequate and prompt services. The study was conducted in prisons in the western districts of Uganda namely of Masindi, Hoima, Kyegegwa, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Isingiro.

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