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I do what I do becuase I was born and raised during war. Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Deportees, IDPs (Including former IDPs) are of personal and professional interest to me.

Securing Refugee-Host Relations

Refugees and hosts can live harmoniously.

Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sexual violence remains a heinous crime that requires concerted efforts to combat

Mentorship and Capacity Building for Rule of Law Stakeholders

Promoting refugee rights and protection requires that mentorship and capacity buiilding for all relevant duty bearers

Supporting Education for All

It's been well said that 'Education Cannot Wait' - Join hands to support the future generations acquire skills

Reflections on Forced Migration-related Issues

Periodic Reflections - Insightful and Provocative

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Chief Guest warns public servants against tortureRead more +26 June 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Human Rights, Refugee Debate, Sexual Violence Debate

NO JUSTIFICATION FOR TORTURE – Press statement for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Despite the existing legal frameworks prohibiting torture, torture continues to be used in conflict situations and even during supposedly peaceful times. Even prior to the pandemic, incidents of torture by security organs featured in the news. In the last three months, however, these appear to have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with Uganda’s national news dominated by the ordeals of citizens who have been tortured by security organs such as the Police and Local Defense Units (LDUs) in the name of enforcing presidential directives related to COVID-19. Uganda is not alone in this; other countries such as Kenya and India have also seen incidents of torture of civilians in the course of enforcing of COVID-19 directives. What happens when an institution like Uganda Police Force, one of the institutions mandated to receive cases of torture, is itself implicated in violating the non-derogable right to freedom from torture?
2020_DAC_Photo_Black_and_White_onendavid.comRead more +26 June 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Gender, Mental Health & Forced Migration, Human Rights, Refugee Debate, Sexual Violence Debate

Child-friendly Justice in Unfriendly Environments? A call for practical solutions for vulnerable young people on the Day of the African Child, 2020

Children come into contact with the justice system for various reasons. The 2019 Situation Analysis on Children in Uganda shows that 27% of children have been exposed to a crime. Despite the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) position that ‘putting children in prison should only be the last resort and for the shortest time possible’, there are children in many of Uganda’s detention facilities. Whereas many children come into contact with the law, many more suffer at the handsof adult abusers. UNICEF’s 2018 situation analysis shows that 44 percent of girls and 59 percent of boys aged 13-17 years had experienced physical violence in 2018. The outbreak of COVID-19 has further heightened the challenges as reporting and response mechanisms are temporarily affected.
Word_Refugee_Day_2020_onendavid.comRead more +20 June 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Refugee Debate

Inactivity is Perpetration: A Press Statement on the World Refugee Day (June 20, 2020)

For refugees, the Covid 19 pandemic is beyond a health crisis, but escalates challenges faced by those already pushed to the margins of society. Refugees are not only at risk from the virus itself, they are severely affected by the negative impacts of measures to control the pandemic. In our statement, Inactivity is Perpetration we highlight the plight of refugees in Uganda during the pandemic; tribal clashes within the settlements, food ratio reductions, gender-based violence exacerbated by the Covid 19 prevention stay at home guidelines, inadequate information, failure to access medical services, are just some of the challenges faced by refugees that the pandemic has amplified.
Read more +05 June 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Concern Citizen

‘Work Went Home:’ A satirical projection of teleworking.

This piece explores the dynamics of working from home. It argues that 'Work' went 'Home' at a time when Home wasn’t prepared to receive Work, yet. As such, whereas Work and Home are currently quarantined together, the two are having trouble forging a progressive relationship and peaceful co-existence. The duo sees each other with resentment, anger, and frustration; Home wondering when the uninvited guest will bid farewell. Also, ‘Work’ wonders why our grandfather continues to play games of ‘lock-unlock-lock…’ making the stubborn visitor, who could easily drive back, to wait for Government masks.
Silent_Victims_onendavid.comRead more +08 April 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Human Rights, Refugee Debate, Sexual Violence Debate

The Loud Silence: The plight of refugee male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

A thought-provoking blog piece written by Wokorach Mogi, our SGBVP Officer – Kampala Office. In his piece, titled “The Loud Silence: The plight of refugee male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence” Mogi brings out his extensive experience in the complex field of working with refugee male survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV) in Kampala, Gulu and Nakivale. He explicates key challenges male survivors grapple with, especially focusing on dilemmas in seeking and uptaking services so as to (re)gain their full functionality as well as lead dignified lives.
Photo-Credit_Eye-For-Ebony-Unsplash-PhotoRead more +04 April 2020 By David Onen Ongwech in Concern Citizen

Workplace Injustices Eating Away Our Workforce

Achieving meaningful social co-existence begins with our readiness to embrace diversity, and in championing creative ways of addressing injustices - including unleashing head-on approaches depending on the situation. Progress in businesses, household harmony and professional growth largely depend on how we treat the less privileged, underpaid, and the less qualified personnel who are often ignored and sometimes treated as if they are lesser human beings.

Empowering Refugee and Host Youth through Video Advocacy Training.

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    Using in-house developed training curriculum
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    Skilled and experienced faccilators keen to youth's interests
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    Meet over 100 graduates keen to refugee and host issues

South-South Institute #SSI2019

The Fourth South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in Conflict and Forced Displacement is back to Kampala!

South-South Institute 2019

The South-South Institute emerged in 2013 from an inter-institutional collaboration between Refugee Law Project (Uganda), Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand) and First Step (Cambodia) following diverse histories and building on a wealth of experience of direct work on sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and post-colonial settings.

The first Institute was held in Kampala in 2013, the second in Pnomh Penh in 2015, and the third in New Zealand in 2017. Guided by the theme “Bridging the Sexual Violence – Torture Divide”, the fourth Institute came back to its starting place to review the progress made in the past six years in raising international awareness and advocacy on conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, and to take stock of the relationship between torture and sexual violence. Ms. Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the Commission of Human Rights in South Sudan, was our Keynote Speaker.

Thank you for participating and for following the LIVE proceedings via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Contact gender@refugeelawproject.org for more information.

South – South Institute on Sexual Violence against Men & Boys in Conflict & Displacement

SSI 2014 - 2019

The South-South Institute emerged in 2013 from an inter-institutional collaboration between Refugee Law Project (Uganda), Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand) and First Step (Cambodia) following diverse histories and building on a wealth of experience of direct work on sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and post-colonial settings.

RLP and the Gender & Sexuality Programme work inclusively to support women and girls as well as men and boys who are victims/survivors of sexual violence. Currently, and developed over time, our work in the Gender & Sexuality Programme is guided by a unique model dubbed "Screen - Refer - Support - Document". In the course of 2018 over 4,500 refugees and hosts were screened for such experiences, with approximately 1,300 subsequently supported to access successful medical and psychosocial support.

This Resource Pack brings together a collection of work on men and boys survivors of sexual violence, both from our own publications, but also from those of other participants in the South-South Institute.

Request a copy of the Resource Packs

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