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This paper explores whether a systematic approach to screening for experiences of violence (sexual, physical and psychological) is possible in a range of humanitarian settings (just arrived and longer-term, rural and urban) and, if so, what kinds of levels of disclosure are found, what are some of the factors influencing disclosure positively and negatively, and what might be the cost of addressing the most urgent needs.
1 RESEARCH SUMMARY
By Charles Waddimba (Published 4th November 2016)
Uganda is home to 695,386 refugees and asylum seekers (Office of the Prime Minister, September 2016) mostly originating from neighboring countries within the Great Lakes Region of Africa such as South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Gambia, Benin, Ethiopia, and Eritrea among others. This number is likely to rise still further given the political upheaval in Burundi and South Sudan.
This study looked at the mental wellbeing of refugees in prisons located in Western Uganda. It arose out of RLP’s routine visits to detention facilities in the region under the objective on providing comprehensive legal aid to forced migrants in Uganda. RLP believed that in order to provide adequate and prompt services to refugee inmates, an understanding of their mental wellbeing was pertinent. The study specifically aimed at;
Men’s experiences as victims of sexual and gender-based violence remain little recognised in research, policy or practice. Mainstream narratives generally continue to depict men as perpetrators of violence and women as victims. Yet, having been linked to forced migration in contexts of armed conflict, sexual violence against men is slowly becoming recognised as far more widespread than was previously thought.
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This report in magazine form, illustrates key activities and achievements of the Men of Hope Refugee Association over the past years; covering issues around peer support, advocacy, lobbying, capacity building and other self help activities.
A report on RLP’s ongoing collaboration with the Uganda Police Force in training police officers on how best to respond to SGBV as it affects forced migrants.
Statement on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2014
Today, 1st October, marks the 24th commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons.Refugee Law project recognizes the contribution of the 6734 older refugees in Uganda(as per UNHCR February 2014) and raises some of the major concerns faced by this group of persons.
There is nothing more powerful in life than a resilient human spirit and resolve. Mzee Julius Okwera’s story demonstrates why. Okwera a male survivor of rape from Northern Uganda was a victim of the infamous “tek-gungu” or “bend over” a term used by the locals in northern Uganda to describe the rape of men by some soldiers of the then National Resistance Army (NRA), current Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in the early 1990s.
Six years after the guns fell silent, and months into the second iteration of the Peace, Recovery and Development Programme (PRDP), the question of whether northern Uganda is truly at peace remains unanswered in many people’s minds.
This publication highlights the progress of the Gender and Sexuality Programme of the Refugee Law Project for the last 6 months (September 2013 – April 2014). It brings to front key issues that the Refugee Law Project has been working on regarding Gender and Sexuality in forced migration, analyses how the objectives of the Gender and Sexuality Programme have been implemented, and highlights key achievements.
Eunice Owiny and Yusra Nagujja
Kampala, the capital of Uganda has been a habitat for refugees from the great lakes region for several decades. While all refugees suffer the effects of forced migration, female refugees continue to experience exceptional suffering.
In 2013, Refugee Law Project through the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Program carried out a study on the psychosocial challenges faced by female refugees in Kampala among 153 women and girls.
From the time the current violent conflict started in South Sudan, the Districts bordering South Sudan within Northern Uganda have been receiving refugees fleeing from the conflict in large numbers. The immediate concerns have been security implications for post-conflict northern Uganda and attendant humanitarian crisis. This report assessed the situation on the ground inside the Ugandan border and highlights the issues, figures, patterns and perceptions of refugees, asylum seekers, and key stakeholders.
This paper addresses an issue of growing concern to gender activists, human rights and humanitarian actors, as well as governments, namely: what legal remedies are available to male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, particularly if their experience has forced them to migrate to a new country or become internally displaced? The paper demonstrates that while international criminal justice has begun to define sexual violence in a gender-inclusive manner, this legal potential has been seriously underutilized in nearly all cases to date.
As the world celebrated the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, the Refugee Law Project (RLP) focused on drawing people's attention to the plight of refugees with disabilities in Uganda.
As part of the celebrations to mark the day, RLP organized a public dialogue on 29th November 2011 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel where a documentary titled 'Caught Between a Hard Place and a Rock; The plight of refugees with disabilities in Uganda', was launched.
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled the war in northern Uganda to seek refuge in urban areas such as the Kampala slums of Namuwongo, Naguru and Acholi Quarters continue to see themselves as being in a state of crisis. The inability to move on from war experiences is intimately linked with unresolved displacement, subjectively experienced as exile.