Briefing Notes and Special Reports
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As part of the ICC Trial Monitoring, the Refugee Law Project conducted a series of victims’ consultations as well as dialogues with key stakeholders on the Ongwen’s Confirmation of Charges Hearing held from January 21st -27th to assess the implications of the hearing and the way forward.
This detailed report highlights the victims’ expectations, and key issues on justice raised by local stakeholders within northern Uganda, which are critical in understanding some of the justice dilemmas in the Ongwen’s case before the ICC.