July 30th is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, commemorated internationally under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. This year’s commemoration theme - Victims’ Voices Lead the Way - sought to place victims of human trafficking at the centre of the campaign and to highlight the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking. The recently released US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report (June 2021), while commending Uganda’s incremental efforts to fight against human trafficking, still maintains Uganda on Tier 2 Watch List as the Government of Uganda reportedly has yet to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking-in-persons cases
Refugee Law Project joins survivors of torture to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in 1997. The UN declaration was made to regularly renew attention to the need to eradicate torture and to enable the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).
Refugee Law Project (RLP) joins the global community to commemorate the Day of the African child, today 16th June 2021 under the theme: “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”. The day of the African Child was first established by then Organization of African Unity, now African Union, in 1991. It aims at raising awareness on the plight of children in Africa and across the globe, and the need to promote children’s rights and a safer environment for their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. This day presents an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on children’s potential and the nature of hindrances the African child continue to grapple with.
This year’s theme for World Refugee Day is Together. We Heal, Learn and Shine. It is a unique theme, as it celebrates the courage and resilience of refugees who mostly flee their homes due to war, persecution, and violence. It is easy for us to focus on the grim side of things when we think of refugees. The truth, however, is that despite being forced to flee from their home countries, and the challenges occasioned by the current COVID 19 pandemic, the refugee population in Uganda continues to work towards a stronger, safer, and more vibrant world through different aspects such music, dance, storytelling, art, technology, food, and sports among others.
Historical Glimpse: It's March 8, 2021, and today we hold the 44th commemoration since the UN officially recognised International Women's Day (IWD) in 1977 to recognise achievements in the struggle for women's empowerment and gender equality. Since the historic UN Security Council Resolution of the 32nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1977, March 8 has become an important day in modern history when it comes to the struggle for gender justice. From its first commemoration in Uganda in 1984 (pioneered by then first lady Miria Obote) IWD has evolved considerably.