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31 Aug 2018 description

For many years, Rwandan refugees in Uganda have faced abuses, including arbitrary detention, forced return to Rwanda and attacks on their physical security, without any form of accountability. However, last Friday, 24 August, former Inspector-General of the Ugandan police, General Kale Kayihura, has been charged with aiding and abetting the kidnapping and repatriation of Rwandan refugees, amongst other charges. In October last year, other security officers had already been arrested and indicted under similar charges. Is it finally time for justice?

23 Apr 2018 description

Today, we have published our Annual Report highlighting our work over 2017.

2017 was a year of significant achievement for us, as we continued to work on our three main programmatic areas of: -identifying the violations that cause displacement and exile; -protecting the rights of those who are displaced, and -ensuring resolutions to their displacement are durable, rights respecting, safe and timely.

28 Mar 2018 description

By January 2018, there were approximately 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda, the majority of whom are from South Sudan. The rapid expansion and demarcation of land for refugee settlements in northern Uganda has allowed national and international actors to respond to the humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugee communities. While this has led to life-saving interventions, the processes by which land was acquired from host communities has gone largely unquestioned by donors and humanitarian and development partners active in the Uganda refugee response.

16 Mar 2018 description

They may have fled abuses in their country, but Burundian refugees in Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda still live in fear for their safety and do not feel beyond the reach of the Burundian government and its militia, the Imbonerakure.

22 Feb 2018 description

On 1 January, the Israeli government announced a new plan to coerce all Eritreans and Sudanese asylum seekers to leave the country by the end of March 2018. Those leaving within this period will receive a grant of USD 3,500 in cash upon their departure and a free one-way ticket. Those who will remain, will face indefinite imprisonment.

18 Dec 2017 description

As South Sudanese leaders are set to participate in another series of talks in the coming months, their citizens continue to flee the violence, lawlessness and humanitarian disaster that characterises their country. From refugee settlements in Uganda and elsewhere in the region, they follow these discussions with a mix of scepticism, hope and rejection. Most have lost faith in the willingness of their politicians to find a solution to their situation at the negotiation table. As a refugee leader in Uganda’s Adjumani district told IRRI: “Such dialogues have been done many times.

04 Dec 2017 description

4 December 2017

In August 2014, eight months after the war in South Sudan began, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) described it as “a war on the children of South Sudan”. More than three years later, the violence in South Sudan continues, and children continue to be the victims of atrocities and to suffer from the worsening humanitarian crisis the war has caused.

06 Oct 2017 description

(Kampala 5 October 2017) Launched today, IRRI’s latest report, Protection for refugees not from refugees: Somalis in exile and the securitisation of refugee policy, looks at the impact that the increased securitisation of refugee policy has had on the lives of refugees.

24 Aug 2017 description

New IRRI report on the causes of exile of Burundian asylum seekers

(Kampala, 24 August 2017) International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) today published a new report about the causes of exile of Burundian asylum-seekers. The research shows that Burundians continue to leave their country because of the ongoing threats and abuses by members of the Imbonerakure and the killings and enforced disappearances of their family members.

08 Sep 2015 description
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Hebrew press release

“Voluntary” departures from Israel leave asylum seekers without status and vulnerable

01 Jul 2015 description

With 87 South Sudanese refugee arrivals a day, Uganda’s Adjumani District offers important lessons for alternatives to camps

22 Jul 2014 description

Summary

The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is responding to the call for information about the transitional period in South Sudan and the ways in which aid might have been targeted more effectively.

20 Jun 2014 description

(20 June 2014) On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is launching a paper aimed at policy makers dealing with refugees. Based on nine case studies across the region carried out by IRRI over six years, it contends that the framework of citizenship can contribute positively to a better understanding of, and better policy responses to, forced displacement in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

02 Apr 2014 description

"We could not wait for our dead bodies to be found first"

(Kampala, 2 April 2014) Nearly a quarter of a million South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries, with Uganda taking the largest number – around 87,000. The International Refugee Rights Initiative's report, Conflict in South Sudan: Refugees seek protection in Uganda and a way home explores the immediate predicament facing these recently arrived refugees, and the longer-term implications for peace and security in South Sudan.

08 Jan 2014 description

On 6 December 2013, the Kampala Convention celebrated the one year anniversary of its entry into force. Officially known as the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa it commits national governments to provide legal protection for the rights and wellbeing of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of armed conflict, generalised violence, natural disasters, human rights abuses, development projects and other causes.

10 Jan 2012 description
Series Introduction
A Poisoned Chalice?

IRRI today launched a discussion paper series entitled "Just Justice? Civil society, international justice and the search for accountability in Africa". The series will reflect local perspectives on international justice as it is being experienced in Africa. It aims to deepen the debate around a series of key questions and controversies facing the realisation of international justice, anchored in reflections from the ground, including local, national, regional and continental civil society.

19 Feb 2011 description

IFAD President Nwanze urges policy leaders from 167 Member States to focus on young people to build vibrant rural economies

Rome, 19 February 2011 - Africa has the land and the people to develop an agricultural system that can provide enough surplus to ensure global food security in decades to come, Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), said this morning at the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General, said that good progress towards this goal is already being …