Video Release: the realities of statelessness in East Africa

Published: 31 Oct 2019

  “A stateless life is a worrisome life,” says Mohammed Suleiman Ali from Tanzania’s Comorian community. Mohammed is not alone. Tens of thousands are affected by, or at risk of, statelessness in East Africa. Discriminatory laws, legal gaps and problematic administrative practices have left a number of communities unable to access citizenship or prove their…

Open Letter: the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged to address serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon

Published: 29 Oct 2019

  H.E Solomon Dersso, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights   CC: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Chairman of the African Union  Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission Banjul, The Gambia, 25 October 2019 Your Excellency, We, a coalition…

Opportunities! Volunteer editors for Rights in Exile newsletter

Published: 29 Oct 2019

  Be a part of our editorial team! The Rights in Exile Newsletter (formerly the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter) is a free public resource for legal assistance providers, refugees, and others interested in refugee legal assistance. The newsletter is a monthly digital publication updating aspects of refugee legal aid so that legal aid providers can stay…

Why Tanzania shouldn’t force Burundian refugees to return

Published: 18 Oct 2019

  Forcing Burundian refugees in Tanzania to leave the country is not only problematic legally, it could also sow the seeds for renewed conflict and displacement in Burundi. At the end of August, the Burundian and Tanzanian governments jointly announced that the 183,000 Burundian refugees would be repatriated. While such a large-scale operation has yet…

Nouveau rapport : « Revenir vers la stabilité ? Retours de réfugiés dans la région des Grands Lacs »

Published: 16 Oct 2019

  Après des décennies de conflit et de violence, la région africaine des Grands Lacs demeure une des zones du monde les plus touchées par le déplacement forcé. La plupart des pays de cette région accueillent des réfugiés, mais voient aussi leurs propres ressortissants chercher refuge dans les pays voisins. Le rapatriement volontaire est généralement…

New report: “Returning to Stability? Refugee returns in the Great Lakes region”

Published: 16 Oct 2019

  After decades of conflict and violence, the Great Lakes region of Africa remains one of the areas of the world most affected by forced displacement. Most of the countries in this region host refugees but have also seen their own citizens seek refuge in neighbouring countries. Voluntary repatriation is generally seen by regional and…

An invisible burden: the human right to mental health for refugees in the Horn of Africa

Published: 2 Oct 2019

  In February 2019, Ethiopia issued a National Refugee Proclamation, joining several of its neighbours in the Greater Horn of Africa region[1] in expanding the rights granted to refugees living in the country. Amongst other provisions, the new law allows refugees access to national health services on the same basis as Ethiopian nationals and contains…