UNHCR Uganda: Legal and Physical Protection Thematic Report (October 2018)

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Oct 2018 View Original

Key Figures
- 292: Number of Police deployed
- 37: Number of female Police deployed
- 56: Number of Police Posts in the Refugee Settlements
- 1,531: Number of Refugees that received legal Assistance
- 44,398: Number of Refugees reached during community Sensitization
- 30: Number of Packages provided by UNHCR (Fuel, accommodation, WASH facilities, protection house, vehicle, motorbikes and transport)

Key Updates
- UNHCR/UNDP in coordination with partners coordinated a policy research by Legal Aid Service Network (LASPNET). The overall objective of the research was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of rule of law and justice needs for refugees and host communities in Arua and Isingiro to enable UNDP and UNHCR strategically design interventions for outreach, efficiency and accessibility in addition to bridging gaps in service delivery.
- In the South West, UNHCR developed a strategic framework to provide access to justice for refugees through recommendations made at the Regional Roundtable with Justice, Law and Order Sectors. The discussion was co-hosted by UNHCR and OPM and aimed to create a strategic approach through four main pillars of Advocacy, Coordination, Capacity Building and Operational Response through partnership with NGOs, INGO’s and national agencies.

Physical Safety and Security
- In West Nile 1,395 (563 nationals, 832 refugees) crimes were reported between January and October 2018. Rhino camp refugee settlement recorded the highest number of cases 778 (429 refugees and 349 nationals), followed by Imvepi with 553 (364 refugees and 189 nationals) and Lobule with 64 cases (39 refugees, 25 nationals). In October, 187 crimes were reported. This represents an 8% increase in cases reported in September. The highest number of cases were recorded in Rhino camp (91) followed by Imvepi (90), then Lobule (6).
- From January to October, assault, theft, threatening violence & domestic violence and theft of cattle were recorded as the most prevalent. Although there was a slight decrease in crime rate in Imvepi, there is still need to intensify community policing, support to neighbourhood watch committees is paramount to support the existing law enforcement bodies.
- To enhance law and order, police continued to work with crime preventers and community watch groups in settlements in West Nile. Community participation was key in enhancing security and crime prevention.