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.

Kampala, the capital of Uganda has been a habitat for refugees from the great lakes region for several decades. While all refugees suffer the effects of forced migration, female refugees continue to experience exceptional suffering.

In 2013, Refugee Law Project through the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Program carried out a study on the psychosocial challenges faced by female refugees in Kampala among 153 women and girls.

Please find the links to both the detailed findings report and the video documentary accompanying this report: Download the Report                     Watch the video documentary

Every year since 2009 Refugee Law Project (RLP) has organized an Annual Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week. Coordinated by our own Gender and Sexuality Program. The week generates advocacy, dialogue and awareness on pertinent SGBVP and related gender and sexuality issues in forced migration and refugee situations.
In 2013 refugee leaders of the support groups affiliated to RLP proposed and decided on the theme “From Sexual Violence in Conflict to Domestic Violence in Peace”. This resonated with our daily work with a wide range of forced migrants.  
For the first time, the activities of the week extended to the RLP’s field offices and various refugee communities in and outside Kampala. In addition to the official opening of our new field offices in Mbarara and Hoima, we reached thousands of refugees in Nakivale and Kyangwali refugee settlement in Isingiro and Hoima districts respectively. Activities were also extended to Gulu, Kitgum, Kotido (office currently closed), Hoima and Mbarara.
We are pleased now to share with you the attached report for the 5th Annual Sexual Gender Based Violence and Persecution Awareness Week.
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Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kampala Demand for Better Services An excerpt from Men of Hope’s Second Anniversary; a refugee led support group of male survivors of sexual violence in Kampala
On 30th January 2014, Men of Hope commemorated its second anniversary at Grand Global Hotel in Kampala. 140 participants attended the event; of whom 70 were male survivors of sexual violence. Other invited guests that attended the anniversary were representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and partner Civil Society Organizations. 16 leaders from other support groups from Kampala, Isingiro and Gulu district also took part.
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Submitted By Refugee Law Project 23 February 2014. We are pleased to share with you our Commentary on the International Criminal Court Draft (ICC) Policy on Sexual and Gender Based Crimes, which we submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor on 23 February 2014, in response to a public call for comments.
This commentary was prepared by the RLP in collaboration with the International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
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ACCS Project's Rapid Assesment Report. From the time the current violent conflict started in South Sudan, the Districts bordering South Sudan within Northern Uganda have been receiving refugees fleeing from the conflict in large numbers.  The immediate concerns have been security implications for post-conflict northern Uganda and attendant humanitarian crisis. This report assessed  the situation on the ground  inside the  Ugandan  border and highlights the  issues,  figures, patterns and perceptions of refugees, asylum seekers, and key stakeholders. The report also looked at the immediate social-economic  and political impact of the crisis within the refugee  host districts including the relationships between the asylum seekers/refugees and local communities. The report was prepared for early warning purposes and presented sub-regional leaders (LCVs, RDCs, DPCs, CAOs, DISOs, and UPDF representatives) from Acholi and West Nile sub-regions in Gulu on 20th January 2014.
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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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