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Prosecuting a Warlord: Charles Taylor facing justice at last

Published: 1 Jul 2006

Volume 3, Issue 2 On July 21, 2006, history was made as former Liberian President Charles Taylor appeared in a courtroom in the Hague to answer eleven charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Netherlands has agreed to host Taylor’s trial and the United Kingdom has agreed to jail him in the event…

IRRI Condemns Horrific Attack on Refugee Demonstrators in Cairo

Published: 2 Jan 2006

Contact: Deirdre Clancy + 353 86 408 3797 IRRI Condemns Horrific Attack on Refugee Demonstrators in Cairo (New York and Kampala, January 2, 2006) The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) today called on the Egyptian government to launch an immediate independent inquiry into the events of Friday, December 30 in Cairo in which over 50…

Liberian Elections Exclude IDPs

Published: 1 Nov 2005

Volume 2, Issue 4 On October 11, 2005, Liberia held its first elections since 1997. This election has spurred many refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their homes in order to vote for their future leaders. Unfortunately, however, the way that the involvement of returnees in the elections was facilitated by the…

Charles Taylor: One Step Closer to Justice

Published: 1 Nov 2005

Volume 2, Issue 4 In our July newsletter we featured the efforts of African advocates to see justice done by seeing Charles Taylor handed over to the Special Court in Sierra Leone, where he has been indicted on 17 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. One such effort was a case that was…

Advocating Against Forced Displacement in Zimbabwe

Published: 1 Sep 2005

Refugee Rights News Volume 2, Issue 3 September 2005 About May 19, 2005, the government of Zimbabwe’s began what it called “Operation Murambatsvina,” or “Operation Drive Out Trash.” In the process as many as 700,000 Zimbabweans were robbed of their homes and livelihoods, in a forceful internal displacement of tremendous scale and ferocity. The aim…

Liberian Elections and President Charles Taylor

Published: 1 Sep 2005

As Campaigns for Liberia’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections kick off, African and International Organisations Call on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and African Union Chairperson President Obasanjo of Nigeria to Ensure Charles Taylor Does Not Interfere in Liberia’s Democratic Process from Nigeria where he is currently exiled. In a statement issued today,…

Rwanda, Burundi Refugee Deportation Causes Uproar

Published: 1 Jul 2005

  When the meeting between Burundian and Rwandan government officials on Saturday June 11 ended, a decision had been reached. The two sides had decided to rename asylum seekers from both countries as “illegal immigrants” and treat them accordingly. What followed was a quick operation to deport thousands of Rwandan asylum seekers from Burundi. About…

Is Charles Taylor’s Time Up?

Published: 1 Jul 2005

Refugee Rights News Volume 2, Issue 2 July 2005 It has been more than two years since the Special Court for Sierra Leone indicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Since then, Taylor has managed to evade justice, sliding from Liberia as rebels closed on the capital to comfortable…

Working towards Justice in Darfur: What next after the ICC referral?

Published: 1 May 2005

Refugee Rights News  Volume 2, Issue 1 May 2005 Over the past few months the Darfur Consortium, a network of Africa-based and Africa-focused civil society organizations, has been actively engaged in working towards finding a peaceful and just solution to the ongoing violence in Darfur. Exploring the situation on the ground In February, the Consortium organized…

Citizenship and forced migration in the Great Lakes Region

Published: 6 Apr 2005

Report of a Consultation on the Feasibility of a Collaborative Network-Building Project Linking Research with Program and Policy Development, co-hosted by The Social Science Research Council and The International Refugee Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda. Download full report here

No Forcible Return of Refugees to Rwanda

Published: 10 Mar 2005

Contacts: Refugee Law Project:  Zachary Lomo: + 256 77 659 731 Amnesty International:  Richard Haavisto:  + 256 (0)31 350215 International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI): Dismas Nkunda: +256 78 310404 Kampala: March 10, 2005 Human rights groups today called upon refugee hosting governments to abide strictly by international and regional standards of refugee rights protection during the…

The Beginnings of Reconciliation, but Little Truth in Algeria

Published: 1 Jan 2005

Refugee Rights News Volume 2, Issue 4 November 2005 Algeria has been undergoing a long process of stabilization, since the rampant civil strife in that country began to taper off in 1998. Given the greatly improved security situation, the Bouteflika government launched a campaign this summer to encourage return of the estimated 1 to 1.5…

Advocates in South Africa Help Ease the Plight of Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers

Published: 1 Dec 2004

Refugee Rights News  Volume 1, Issue 2 December 2004 In November 2004, the Solidarity Peace Trust based in Port Shepstone, South Africa released a 107-page report, “No War in Zimbabwe: An Account of the Exodus of a Nation’s People.” The report details the difficulties faced by Zimbabwean asylum seekers in South Africa. Although all asylum…