Established in 2010, the IATJ is an annual event that brings together transitional justice experts from across the continent and beyond, to develop context-appropriate African Transitional Justice theory and practice. Using a combination of lectures, group exercises, reflective sessions, and structured debates, the 4th IATJ was held from 15-19 June 2014 in Kampala, Uganda, and addressed the theme of Global Transitions, Africa’s Resource Riches, and the Future of Transitional Justice.
From 10-14 June 2014 the Refugee Law Project (RLP) participated in the week-long Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, at the Excel Centre in London, a key event that was attended by 72 ministers, 103 countries and over 1,000 participants from around the globe. Key discussions and recommendations during this week-long event focused on accountability, support for survivors, security and justice sector reform and international cooperation.
With important contributions from a range of dignitaries, notably the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, the UN representative on sexual violence in conflict Zainab Bangura, and United States Secretary of State John Kerry, this event was a landmark in pushing for global synergy and demonstrated international commitment to ending sexual violence in conflict as well as violence in times of ‘peace.’
A briefing paper prepared for the workshop held at the Overseas Development Institute, London, 14 May 2014
This briefing paper provides an overview of existing and new research on the reality of sexual violence against men and boys in conflict situations, highlights the importance of the Rome Statute's definition of sexual violence in enabling comprehensive responses to people of all genders, and emphasises the humanitarian principles which should inform responses.
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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. In this issue, you will see key outcomes, results and impacts of our best practices on Gender and Sexuality, an account of our successes presented with pictures, examples of key developments and quotes. This issue largely presents our work on conflict related sexual violence as well as violence in times of ‘peace’.
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Dear Friends and Colleagues, we are pleased to share with you a PDF version of our Resource Pack on Working with Men and Boys on Sexual and Gender Violence Issues. This is a compilation of some our resources on working with men and boys survivors of conflict related sexual violence since 2009 in Uganda. Each Resource Pack has 4 DVDs enclosed. The first DVD holds a collection of documents, reports and publications on Men and Boys survivors of sexual violence. The second DVD contains our major feature documentary titled “Gender Against Men.” The third DVD is a collection of our short films and the fourth DVD is a compilation of media coverage on our work on conflict related sexual violence against men and boys. Below is the outline
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We are pleased to share with you a report on training of Police officers that we are conducting in Kampala on Prevention and Response to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The training was conducted at Central Police Station, (CPS) Kampala from 18th to 20th February 2014.
The training was to enable police officials become knowledgeable on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and be able to provide quality, compassionate, non-discriminatory and timely SGBVP prevention and response services to all survivors within urban refugee communities and to equip police officers with relevant laws and policies on SGBV and context relevant policy instruments. for details baout the training, please downnload the report from the link bellow.
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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.
Every year since 2009 Refugee Law Project (RLP) has organized an Annual Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week. Coordinated by our own Gender and Sexuality Program. The week generates advocacy, dialogue and awareness on pertinent SGBVP and related gender and sexuality issues in forced migration and refugee situations.
In 2013 refugee leaders of the support groups affiliated to RLP proposed and decided on the theme “From Sexual Violence in Conflict to Domestic Violence in Peace”. This resonated with our daily work with a wide range of forced migrants.
For the first time, the activities of the week extended to the RLP’s field offices and various refugee communities in and outside Kampala. In addition to the official opening of our new field offices in Mbarara and Hoima, we reached thousands of refugees in Nakivale and Kyangwali refugee settlement in Isingiro and Hoima districts respectively. Activities were also extended to Gulu, Kitgum, Kotido (office currently closed), Hoima and Mbarara.
We are pleased now to share with you the attached report for the 5th Annual Sexual Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week.
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On 30th January 2014, Men of Hope commemorated its second anniversary at Grand Global Hotel in Kampala. 140 participants attended the event; of whom 70 were male survivors of sexual violence. Other invited guests that attended the anniversary were representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and partner Civil Society Organizations. 16 leaders from other support groups from Kampala, Isingiro and Gulu district also took part.
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