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


Key Figures
Number of Police deployed
Number of Female Police deployed
Number of Police posts in Settlements
Number of refugees that received legal assistance
Number of Refugees reached during community sensitization
Number of packages provided by UNHCR (Fuel, WASH facilities accommodation, vehicles protection house,motorbikes and transport)

Physical Safety and Security

  • From Jan - Sept 2018, 1208 (480 nationals, 728 refugees) crimes were reported in Arua. At 687 (387 refugees, 300 nationals), Rhino camp recorded the highest number of cases, followed by Imvepi 463 (306 refugees, 157 nationals) and Lobule 58 cases (35 refugees, 23 nationals). In September, 152 crimes were reported. The highest number was in Imvepi (79) followed by Rhino (68) and Lobule (5). The most prevalent incidents reported were; assault, theft, defilement & domestic violence. To enhance law and order, the police has continued to work with 29 (20M, 9F) crime preventers in 03 settlements under the Arua operation.
  • UNHCR continues to support the police through construction of accommodation and WASH facilities in Imvepi Zone III; in addition, 02 pickup vehicles and 02 motorcycles were handed over to police posts in Imvepi and Rhino settlements. Community participation was key in enhancing security and crime prevention. Community watch groups and crime preventers actively supported law enforcement bodies. 09 mentorship sessions were conducted to community watch groups in Imvepi settlement in months preceding September.
  • To maintain the civilian character of asylum in settlements, UNHCR continued to support OPM to identify and screen ex-combatants present among refugee populations. As of September 2018, the number of ex-combatants identified was 375 (367M, 02F) (06 children). A system to ensure appropriate monitoring their activities in the settlement is in place. More support and targeted programmes could enhance their smooth integration in the community.
  • From Jan - Sept 2018, UNHCR Arua organized and facilitated 02 trainings in July for 109 court interpreters and members of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to equip them with necessary skills to conduct effective court interpretation and ensure greater understanding on their roles to solve disputes using non judicial mechanism.
  • In Kyangwali, 29 (27M,2F)community watch groups were supported with gumboots and raincoats each to improve their working conditions.