Press Releases & Events Documentation

The RLP issues press releases on numerous topics with some being published in the Ugandan dailies

Hosts Must Work #WithRefugees in Protecting the Environment - World Refugee Day 2019

Since June 20 was declared World Refugee Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000 the number of refugees and other forced migrants has escalated dramatically. 105 years since the World Day of Migrants and Refugees was instituted by Pope Pius X in 1914, and 68 years since the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was established, Uganda is currently hosting 1,257,729 refugees and asylum seekers (figures as of 30 April 2019) – the highest in Africa and equivalent to the population of Mauritius.

This year’s theme, “Take a Step #WithRefugees - Protect the Environment”, which is being commemorated at Alaba Primary School Football Ground in the country’s largest refugee settlement, Bidibidi in Yumbe District, is very timely!

We are happy to share the translated versions of the press statement in the languages below (Alphabetically arranged)

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Could YOU be a Torturer? Statement on the International Day in Support for Victims of Torture

“Torture is real, speak up, take actions”, the theme of this year’s UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (every 26th June since 1998) rallies all of us, whether government, civil society, academics, media or ordinary citizens, to recognise the emergent reality of what torture is, to strategically identify, name and speak out against the multiple forms torture can take, and to take the actions we can to dignify and create pathways to healing for victims of torture.

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Host Must Work #WithRefugees in Protecting the Environment

Since June 20 was declared World Refugee Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000 the number of refugees and other forced migrants has escalated dramatically. 105 years since the World Day of Migrants and Refugees was instituted by Pope Pius X in 1914, and 68 years since the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was established, Uganda is currently hosting 1,257,729 refugees and asylum seekers (figures as of 30 April 2019) – the highest in Africa and equivalent to the population of Mauritius. 

This year’s theme, “Take a Step #WithRefugees - Protect the Environment”, which is being commemorated at Alaba Primary School Football Ground in the country’s largest refugee settlement, Bidibidi in Yumbe District, is very timely! 

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Press Statement for International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in conflict Final

On the fifth International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, coming shortly after the United Nations passed Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2467 in April this year, we reflect on what it means to truly adopt a ‘holistic survivor-centred approach’. States, civil society, academia and communities must all strive to re-think existing attitudes, existing knowledge and existing practice if we are to give meaning and life to the UN Security
Council Resolution’s language.

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A Call to Fight Air Pollution: RLP’s Statement on World Environment Day (5 June 2019)

It’s barely 45 years since World Environment Day (WED) was established. Since then, many countries have embraced the day as ‘people’s day’ with concrete actions in tackling environmental degradation. As a UN vehicle for drumming for international awareness and actions to ameliorate the constantly and negatively changing environmental trends, Refugee Law Project is pleased to join the world in beating air pollution on this day.

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Thank You Message to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda on Securing Refugee-Host Relations in Northern Uganda

On Saturday 27 April 2019, Refugee Law Project (RLP) joined the citizens of the Netherlands living in Uganda and elsewhere in celebrating King's Day. This important national holiday in the Netherlands marks the birth in 1885 of King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, the son of Queen Beatrix. At that time, liberals in the Government of the Kingdom were searching for means of promoting national unity. The event is thus organised as an opportunity for patriotic celebration and national reconciliation, and as a reminder of the Government's historical commitment to reconciliation and sustainable peace in the Netherlands and world-over - a commitment that has since been seen in Kingdom's support to Uganda on the rule of law and other peace promoting activities.

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Empowering women and girls through innovative approaches require paradigm shifts in attitudes and practices

It’s International Women’s Day again! While 8 March 2019 marks the 44th commemoration since the United Nations adopted the International Women’s Day (IWD) in 1975, it was first convened in 1909 in the USA, followed by Russia in 1917 and China in 1949, in each place marking significant struggle for and achievements in advancing women’s rights.
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International Day for PWDs

Ensuring inclusion and equality for Persons with Disabilities requires change of attitude for all, and political will.Refugee Law Project (RLP) joins Uganda and the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for Persons with Disability (PWDs) under the theme “Empowering Persons with Disability and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”.

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African Civil Society Stakeholders call for Global and Inclusive Justice

In commemoration of International Justice Day (17th July)
This statement is the outcome of extensive joint discussions and drafting by the five sponsoring organisations namely:- Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation, Pan African Lawyers Union, Refugee Law Project, Makerere University, International Refugee Rights Initiative, Institute for Justice & Reconcilia-tion
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