"PRDP II: What Needs to Change?"; The Views from Te-Yat

ACCS Project activity briefing note. In this issue we offer an overview of the PRDP I and proposed PRDP II. It highlights the public opinion in regard to the progress of PRDP I and their hope for PRDP II. It also scans through the milestones attained by PRDP I, challenges encountered, lessons learnt and emerging conflict issues that need to be taken care of by PRDP II
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The Impact of Deportation: Some Reflections on Current Practice

In this paper, the authors outline UK law on deoportation before considering some limited data on deportations from the UK to Uganda. Finally, we suggest some of the costs that should taken into account.
Chris Dolan, Liza Schuster & Matt Merefield             

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Deportation in International and Regional Law

This paper offers an overview of the international legal instruments governing deportation, before then looking at the tension between these and instruments that have developed at a regional level - specifically Europe. We conclude by pointing out some gaps in these instruments.
Lena Karamanidou & Liza Schuster             

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A Dangerous Impasse: Rwandan Refugees in Uganda

Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes Region. Working Paper No. 4, June 2010 
This paper examines why one group of Rwandan refugees, those living in Nakivale settlement in Uganda's southwest, refuse to return. The push factors are considerable. Despite the official emphasis on voluntariness, refugees are feeling under considerable pressure from the governments of Uganda and Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to repatriate, in particular as a result of the announcement of "deadlines" for repatriation. Rwandan refugees told of how they have had their land re-allocated to Congolese refugees, have seen their rations reduced and are no longer allowed access to some social services available to other refugees. Many live in constant fear of being forcibly repatriated and some have resorted to hiding their belongings and sleeping in the bush.
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International Refugee Rights InitiativeRefugee Law Project and Social Science Research Council
Related Documents: 

  1. It is Risky for Rwandan Refugees to go Back Home (Daily Monitor 29th June, 2010)
  2. Rwandan Envoy Dismisses Refugee Report (New Vision, June 29th, 2010)

Is The PRDP Politics As Usual?: Update on The Implementation of Uganda’s Peace, Recovery and Development Plan

This report is based on six months of research conducted between May and October 2008. Thirty-five indi-vidual interviews were conducted with international donors, government officials and civil society representa-tives in Kampala, Gulu and Mbale districts. Additionally, observations were made at PRDP-related workshops, humanitarian agency meetings, internally displaced persons’ camps and transit sites. Finally, government documents, media articles and past PRDP research was reviewed. The findings of this study are based on preliminary analysis and are limited by the small number of respondents relative to the forty districts affected by the PRDP. More research is needed to test whether conclusions presented here accurately reflect circum-stances in areas where fieldwork was not conducted
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Conflict, Justice and Reconciliation in Teso: Obstacles and Opportunities

Given that Teso’s complex history of conflict—which includes the incursion of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) beginning in 2003 constitutes an important
part of Uganda’s national legacy of unaddressed con-flicts, this briefing paper focuses on the potential of traditional justice in the Teso region. It thereby aims to make a contribution to the Beyond Juba Project’s wider objective of building consensus on sustainable peace in Uganda as a whole.
The briefing paper is based on the preliminary findings of research conducted between 10 and 28 August 2008.
It is important to note that these findings are preliminary and more complex conclusions may be revealed as further analysis and research allows. A total of 32 interviews and 7 focus group discussions were conducted throughout the districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Kumi, Pallisa and Soroti in the Teso sub-region of Uganda.
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RLP Special Bulletins on Urban Internaly Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Perhaps because many urban-based IDPs settle in slum areas, where they tend to blend in with the existing population, they are often per-ceived, even by some officials in humanitarian agencies, as a population less deserving of serious at-tention than their fellow citizens living in camps. Some humanitarian workers even claim that these people are nothing more than economic migrants, despite their unique history and circumstances.

  1. Gov’t Stalls Urban IDP Profiling; October 2008. Buletin # 3
  2. Resettlement Assistance Too Little, Urban IDPs Say; July 2008. Buletin # 2
  3. Uganda’s Urban IDPs Risk Being Left Out Of Government’s Return Plans. March. 2008. Buletin # 1

FROM REFUGEE TO CITIZEN? : Obstacles to the Naturalisation of Refugees in Uganda (August 2008)

The received wisdom dictates three potential durable solutions for refugees: (1) Voluntary repatriation; (2) resettlement to a third country; and (3) local integration in the country of asylum, often through the grant of citizenship. This paper focuses on the last of these three solutions, with a particular focus on acquisition of citizenship in Uganda......... It is hoped that concerted pressure from the refugee community and its supporters will ensure that those who have spent over twenty years in Uganda, and have begun to call it home, will be given the opportunity to become citizens. No one should be forced to live indefinitely in the inexorable limbo of refugee status.
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Can Refugees Become Citizens of Uganda?

Uganda hosts many refugees who have been in the country for more than 20 years, and in some cases in excess of 40 years. Refugee Law Project estimates that they number in the thousands, and are of primarily Sudanese, Congolese and Rwandese origin. Some have spent their entire lives here, raised families here, and consider Uganda their home. However, up until now they have not been provided with the opportunity to legally become Ugandan. This briefing paper will explain how the law provides refugees with the opportunity to become citizens. Unfortunately, while the law is clear, the reality is that the government has not yet implemented the necessary procedures.
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