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).
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.