Following RLP’s contribution at the 49th Session of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNFVT) on 3 April 2019 during which Aimé Moninga and David Onen Ongwech, Programme Manager Gender & Sexuality, represented Refugee Law Project and amplified the voices of male survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV), we are pleased to share the report of the Public Event and the Annual Expert Workshop produced by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
Since June 20 was declared World Refugee Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000 the number of refugees and other forced migrants has escalated dramatically. Uganda is currently hosting 1,257,729 refugees and asylum seekers (figures as of 30 April 2019) – the highest in Africa and equivalent to the population of Mauritius.
For people working with and or interest in working with men and boys as victims of violence and as allies in ending violence against, we invite you to reflect on the UNHCR’s “Need to Know Guidance Note on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement” developed in partnership with Refugee Law Project.
The long-awaited symposium on sexual violence was successfully concluded with great presentations, resourceful participants, and promising deliberations. The two-day event which took place from 15-17 May and guided by the theme "Sexual Violence in Conflict: Advancing the Agenda?" brought a wealth of experienced researchers, proactive practitioners, inspirational UN workers, passionate policy makers, and courageous survivors/victims of sexual violence discussing pertinent issues related to sexual violence.
Download PDF Version Editor’s Note: This message was modified from Refugee Law Project’s message published on May 29, 2019. On Saturday 27 April 2019, Refugee Law Project (RLP) joined the citizens of the Netherlands living in Uganda and elsewhere in celebrating King’s Day. This important national holiday in the Netherlands marks the birth in 1885 of
For some people, IWD 2019 was a stock taking day on progress garnered so far on women’s protection and empowerment. To others, it rekindled new energies, new commitments, and new agendas for strengthening protection of all women and girls. Irrespective of what the day meant for each one of us, this is a kind reminder that we need do whatever we possibly can, with whatever resources we have, and from wherever we are to advance women’s rights.
Undoubtedly, religious leaders in Uganda and elsewhere find themselves having to support vulnerable people including those persecuted on the basis of their religious believes or backgrounds. Not peculiar to Uganda, religious leaders have not shown fatigue in supporting refugees and other vulnerable people who have and continue to grapple with legacies of unaddressed injuries acquired prior to flight, during flight, and upon arrival in supposed to be safe haven. As such religious leaders remain important actors in providing spiritual, moral, medical, psychological, and material support to hundreds if not thousands of asylum seekers and refugees seeking sanctuary in Uganda.
People can become highly traumatized when they have to flee their country due to war or conflict, thereby often witnessing severe atrocities. Adequate Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is essential to contribute to the full recovery and improvement of the lives of refugees, including that of family members and the community. However, psychosocial support is often delivered in a fragmented way in humanitarian crises and sometimes only provided after 3 months.
Download PDF Version After a traumatic experience with two dentists who had conflicting recommendations for a procedure I’m supposed to undergo – for which I’m yet to seek a third opinion, I decided to reflect on the week in style. It was a Saturday evening after a small get together with colleagues in the Gender