Briefing Notes and Special Reports

Aside from working papers and seminars the RLP produces a range of publications for multiple purposes. The research is targeted at a range of audiences (eg academia, government officials or the public) and aims to produce information quickly on time-sensitive issues. These result in special reports compiled either through individual consultancies or for external publications, including briefing notes that represent immediate but preliminary observations from the field, letters sent to the national newspapers or advocacy briefs that attempt to bring attention to specific thematic areas.

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”.

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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.

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The Fourth Institute for African Transitional Justice (IATJ) ReportEstablished 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.

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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.’

From Uganda, Hon. Oryem Henry Okello, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/International Affairs, commendably represented Uganda, supported by the active participation of a handful of Ugandan civil society organizations including Refugee Law Project. RLP was also invited to present at the Mini-summit in Kampala organized by the British High Commission in Kampala on Tuesday 9 June 2014. Our Head of Operations & Programme Support, Mr. Walter Richard Aliker presented on “Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict – Priorities for Uganda.”

Prior to this historic event, RLP also provided input into the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict during a consultative meeting organized in Kampala.

Below are copies of four presentations made during the Summit by Dr. Chris Dolan - Director RLP, Mr. Walter Richard Aliker – Head of Operations & Programme Support and Mr. Onen David Ongwech - Programme Manager Gender & Sexuality.

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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A collaborative initiative of the RLP and the Kitgum District Local Government. The NMPDC is located in Kitgum district town council - Northern Uganda an area ravaged by over two decades of armed conflict and is struggling to recover in the post-conflict era...
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