From 17—21 February 2015 Refugee Law Project conducted a rapid assessment on issues arising from the influx of South Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers into Amuru, Adjumani and Kiryandongo districts in northern Uganda. This briefing paper presents our findings relating to conflict, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, gender and access to justice issues affecting the South Sudanese refugees/asylum seekers and their hosts.
The Compendium of Conflicts in Uganda 2014 is a ground-breaking work of the Refugee Law Project, School of Law Makerere University. It’s an attempt to establish and integrate the ordinary experiences of Uganda’s multiple conflicts, histories and truths with the view of informing the national understanding and narratives of conflicts and their legacies, as well as mechanisms that can be used to address them.
This paper was written in collaboration with our partners from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN). It discusses the process and progress of the men and masculinities stream of work at IDS, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This stream of work had the following objectives:
• Narrative: To challenge the discursive framing of both “men” and “masculinities” within development policy and programming that hinders progress toward gender justice.
• Analysis: To improve understandings of masculinities as they shape the “structures of constraint” that limit the achievement of gender justice and of strategies to address masculinities that can bring about and sustain change within these “structures of constraint.”
• Alliance: To strengthen networking and alliance-building between actors within the men and masculinities field and organisations working on issues of gender justice and sexual rights in different policy arenas, to become more effective in influencing global and local policy processes.
The Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP)’s second phase is running its final lap and is set to wind down in June 2015. Conversation is now raging at different levels on whether or not to have a further phase of PRDP and if yes, what it would look like, and what its funding mechanism would be. The key questions that persist are; has northern Uganda got its fair share? Has PRDP as a post-conflict recovery strategy worked? What issues still need attention? How and where do we go from here?
Over the last six months, the Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS) has been engaging different PRDP stakeholders in the eight sub-regions of Acholi, Lango, Bunyoro, Teso, Lango, Elgon, Bukedi and more recently West Nile to discuss their perspectives on a potential PRDP successor program.
A policy brief highlighting the discussions during those stakeholder meetings has been prepared. This policy brief is intended to inform the conversation around a potential PRDP successor program. It summarizes keys issues and perspectives that have impacted on PRDP implementation to date, and makes key recommendations on the way forward Download
This report highlights a range of perspectives and questions raised by people in Uganda on the prospects for justice in relationship to the recent surrender and transfer of Dominic Ongwen - former LRA abductee turned rebel commander - to The Hague to await trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). For opinion leaders and the population within northern Uganda, Ongwen’s case raises dilemmas for the states and justice institutions involved, as well as for the conflict-affected communities
Article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities should have the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as provided to other persons. Yet, the needs of crisisaffected populations with disabilities are notably absent from global SRH and gender guidelines and standards for humanitarian practice.
We are pleased to share with you a book chapter titled “Caught between a rock and a hard place: Challenges of refugees with disabilities and their families in Uganda”. This book chapter was written by staff of the Refugee Law Project who have extensively worked with refugees and asylum seekers living with disabilities in Kampala and the refugee settlements of Uganda.
The book chapter was published in a book titled “Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality”, edited by David Mitchell and Valerie Karr, and published by Routledge in its series of Routledge Advances In Disability Studies.
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. In Uganda, the Government, UNHCR and other local and international development partners still have a long way to go in achieving this year’s theme of “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”.
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. Okwera is one of the many victims/survivors supported by the Refugee Law Project (RLP), under its Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJG) programme.