International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (Theme: Support Torture Survivors to Report and Access Justice?)

Refugee Law Project joins survivors of torture to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in 1997. The UN declaration was made to regularly renew attention to the need to eradicate torture and to enable the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).

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World Refugee Day 2021

This year’s theme for World Refugee Day is Together. We Heal, Learn and Shine. It is a unique theme, as it celebrates the courage and resilience of refugees who mostly flee their homes due to war, persecution, and violence. It is easy for us to focus on the grim side of things when we think of refugees. The truth, however, is that despite being forced to flee from their home countries, and the challenges occasioned by the current COVID 19 pandemic, the refugee population in Uganda continues to work towards a stronger, safer, and more vibrant world through different aspects such music, dance, storytelling, art, technology, food, and sports among others.

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COVID-19 is a threat to Gender Equality - Let’s #ChooseToChallenge

Historical Glimpse: It's March 8, 2021, and today we hold the 44th commemoration since the UN officially recognised International Women's Day (IWD) in 1977 to recognise achievements in the struggle for women's empowerment and gender equality. Since the historic UN Security Council Resolution of the 32nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1977, March 8 has become an important day in modern history when it comes to the struggle for gender justice. From its first commemoration in Uganda in 1984 (pioneered by then first lady Miria Obote) IWD has evolved considerably.

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Commemorating The Day Of The African Child 2021

Refugee Law Project (RLP) joins the global community to commemorate the Day of the African child, today 16th June 2021 under the theme: “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”. The day of the African Child was first established by then Organization of African Unity, now African Union, in 1991. It aims at raising awareness on the plight of children in Africa and across the globe, and the need to promote children’s rights and a safer environment for their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. This day presents an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on children’s potential and the nature of hindrances the African child continue to grapple with.

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What will it take to achieve mental health for all in Uganda?

The Refugee Law Project joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Mental Health Day on the theme ‘Mental Health for All; Greater Investment - Greater Access, Everyone, Everywhere’. The theme fits well with the current times when the world is facing COVID-19, a pandemic that continues to claim many lives and leave many in fear and anxiety.
While social distance plays a strong role in controlling the spread of the virus, it continues to have unintended psychological consequences as it alters our way of life as we know it. Additionally, social distancing heightens the risk of discrimination in instances where someone is suspected to have the infection or has been in an isolation centre or appears to be a foreigner. The long term impact of this requires thorough scrutiny and interventions to be put in place to deal with possible COVID-19 related trauma in homes, school, work and communities.

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