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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“Courts can never solve problems in the community!”

This research provides information on informal structures within refugee communities, the processes they follow and nature of cases they handle. It highlights the benefits and challenges that refugees encounter when using these systems and provides recommendations. This study will guide relevant stakeholders on critical areas for intervention. The study understands informal justice systems to include persons or bodies that are involved in resolving disputes but are not part of the judiciary as established by law, and that the procedures or structures of these persons or bodies are not based on any statutory law.

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Baseline Survey Report on Access to Justice for Forced Migrants

This baseline survey conducted in November to December 2012 was intended to guide activity implementation for the Access to Justice Project for forced migrants funded by Democratic Governance Facility in the districts of Mbarara, Isingiro, Hoima, Masindi and Kiryandongo. The survey was carried out to explore access to justice realities in order to inform RLP’s project implementation and ensure provision of need based services. The findingsfrom the study will also inform the Justice, Law and Order Sector on critical areas for intervention.

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The Impact of Deportation: Some Reflections on Current Practice

In this paper, the authors outline UK law on deoportation before considering some limited data on deportations from the UK to Uganda. Finally, we suggest some of the costs that should taken into account.
Chris Dolan, Liza Schuster & Matt Merefield             

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Deportation in International and Regional Law

This paper offers an overview of the international legal instruments governing deportation, before then looking at the tension between these and instruments that have developed at a regional level - specifically Europe. We conclude by pointing out some gaps in these instruments.
Lena Karamanidou & Liza Schuster             

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A Dangerous Impasse: Rwandan Refugees in Uganda

Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes Region. Working Paper No. 4, June 2010 
This paper examines why one group of Rwandan refugees, those living in Nakivale settlement in Uganda's southwest, refuse to return. The push factors are considerable. Despite the official emphasis on voluntariness, refugees are feeling under considerable pressure from the governments of Uganda and Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to repatriate, in particular as a result of the announcement of "deadlines" for repatriation. Rwandan refugees told of how they have had their land re-allocated to Congolese refugees, have seen their rations reduced and are no longer allowed access to some social services available to other refugees. Many live in constant fear of being forcibly repatriated and some have resorted to hiding their belongings and sleeping in the bush.
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International Refugee Rights InitiativeRefugee Law Project and Social Science Research Council
Related Documents: 

  1. It is Risky for Rwandan Refugees to go Back Home (Daily Monitor 29th June, 2010)
  2. Rwandan Envoy Dismisses Refugee Report (New Vision, June 29th, 2010)

FROM REFUGEE TO CITIZEN? : Obstacles to the Naturalisation of Refugees in Uganda (August 2008)

The received wisdom dictates three potential durable solutions for refugees: (1) Voluntary repatriation; (2) resettlement to a third country; and (3) local integration in the country of asylum, often through the grant of citizenship. This paper focuses on the last of these three solutions, with a particular focus on acquisition of citizenship in Uganda......... It is hoped that concerted pressure from the refugee community and its supporters will ensure that those who have spent over twenty years in Uganda, and have begun to call it home, will be given the opportunity to become citizens. No one should be forced to live indefinitely in the inexorable limbo of refugee status.
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Can Refugees Become Citizens of Uganda?

Uganda hosts many refugees who have been in the country for more than 20 years, and in some cases in excess of 40 years. Refugee Law Project estimates that they number in the thousands, and are of primarily Sudanese, Congolese and Rwandese origin. Some have spent their entire lives here, raised families here, and consider Uganda their home. However, up until now they have not been provided with the opportunity to legally become Ugandan. This briefing paper will explain how the law provides refugees with the opportunity to become citizens. Unfortunately, while the law is clear, the reality is that the government has not yet implemented the necessary procedures.
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Repatriation Exercise in Rhino Camp Refugee settlement, Arua district

The Refugee Law Project (RLP) Legal Aid and Counseling (LAC) Department conducted in-depth interviews in Mid March 2007 with refugees living in the Camp, with the neighbouring host community local leaders, government and UN officials and NGO staff working in the settlement.
The following represents findings related to the most salient issues that emerged from the visit to Rhino Refugee Settlement Camp, Arua and will be followed by a more in-depth analysis in report form. This preliminary document is circulated so asto inform the key stakeholders of the issues that prevailed in Rhino Refugee Settlement Camp in the face of the ongoing repatriation at the time of the visit. Feel free to write back any comments on this paper within the time space of two weeks from date of receipt as a final report will be circulated in this regard and uploaded on our website.
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