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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…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – September 2019

Published: 26 Sep 2019

Issue 105 In this issue: Announcing the new and improved Rights in Exile newsletter! Articles & Short Pieces Digital litter: The downside of using technology to help refugees EOIR’s troubling new regulations Lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security says new asylum policy violates child immigrants’ rights UN rights experts urge more protection for LGBTI…

Video: Understanding conflict dynamics around refugee settlements in northern Uganda

Published: 16 Sep 2019

This video (watch below) is a summary of the findings in our report “Understanding conflict dynamics around refugee settlements in northern Uganda” launched recently in Kampala in August 2019. Between December 2018 and May 2019, the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) undertook a study in Adjumani, Arua and Lamwo districts in northern Uganda to understand…

NEW REPORT: Understanding conflict dynamics around refugee settlements in northern Uganda

Published: 28 Aug 2019

  While there are overall good relations, tensions between South Sudanese refugees and Ugandan communities around natural resources, livelihoods and land should not be ignored, a new report by International Refugee Rights Initiative highlights. Frictions have sparked violent incidents, and if not properly addressed could escalate into broader conflict in northern Uganda. Between December 2018…

Extend mandate of Commission of Inquiry on Burundi to September 2020 – civil society

Published: 2 Aug 2019

  Ahead of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC42), the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) together with 40 other national, regional and international civil society organisations have called upon the Council to support a resolution to extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Burundi for a further year, until…

Rights in Exile Newsletter – July 2019 Issue

Published: 9 Jul 2019

Issue 104, July 2019 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Catherine Tyson, Nejla Sammakia, Christian Jorgensen, Cristina de Nicolas, Nicolas Parent, Taylor Brooks, Olivia Bueno, Sirak Akalu Iyassu and Lucia Slot. Chief Editor: Fiona McKinnon. Web links are in blue. In this issue: Articles Refugees’ self-reliance: The dilemma of implementing the Global Compact on Refugees in Africa…

AN OPEN LETTER OF PUBLIC CONCERN FROM AFRICAN AND SUDANESE CIVIL SOCIETY

Published: 9 Jul 2019

Monday 8th July, 2019. RE: The Militarization of Public space in Rural and Urban areas in Sudan and the Corresponding Increase in Cases of Sexual Violence, Sexual harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Khartoum Massacre. We, the undersigned are a coalition of Sudanese and African civil society organizations working in and concerned with Sudan,…

Uganda: More support needed to fight environmental degradation around refugee settlements

Published: 20 Jun 2019

[Kampala, 20 June 2019]: On the occasion of World Refugee Day, 16 non-governmental organisations call for urgent action to prevent and mitigate the impact of environmental degradation around refugee settlements in Uganda. Uganda currently hosts more than 1.25 million refugees, most of whom rely on natural resources in and around refugee settlements for domestic fuel, construction…

IRRI announces new Executive Director

Published: 11 Jun 2019

Dear friends and partners, We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director at International Refugee Rights Initiative, Ms Achieng Maureen Akena. Achieng brings to IRRI an unfettered passion and commitment to human rights advocacy generally and with the vulnerable groups in particular, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience…

Killings of Peaceful Sudanese Democracy Protesters Demand Accountability: Urgent International Action Needed to Prevent Further Violence

Published: 6 Jun 2019

[6 June 2019] The attack on peaceful democracy protesters in Khartoum that began on June 3 that has reportedly seen the killing of at least 100 people and hundreds more injured demands a strong international response to immediately stop such attacks and ensure accountability for this and other violence in response to peaceful protests. At…

Rights in Exile Newsletter – June 2019 Issue

Published: 5 Jun 2019

Issue 103, June 2019 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Catherine Tyson, Nejla Sammakia, Kavita Kapur, Christian Jorgensen, Cristina de Nicolas, Nicolas Parent, Taylor Brooks, Olivia Bueno, Sirak Akalu Iyassu and Lucia Slot. Chief Editor: Fiona McKinnon Web links are in blue. In this issue: Articles Time to reimagine resettlement? Migration, asylum and border management: The new…

Civil society organisations call for UN Security Council action on South Sudan

Published: 31 May 2019

  As a coalition of 16 international and regional civil society organizations, we are writing to seek your urgent support in addressing the precarious situation in South Sudan. Delays in implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the recent six-month extension of the…

Civil society calls for strong AU support for civilian transition in Sudan

Published: 30 Apr 2019

29 April 2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Excellencies, Representatives of the AU Peace and Security Council Member States, H.E. Chairperson Mr. Moussa Faki, African Union Commission, Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations write to urge the African Union to take a strong stand with the people of Sudan, demanding an expeditious…

Expliquer la violence à Yumbi

Published: 24 Apr 2019

En décembre 2018, deux semaines seulement avant les élections nationales, des centaines de personnes ont été tuées lors d’un massacre en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Les scènes sinistres ne se sont pas déroulées à l’Est, où la violence armée a causé la mort de nombreuses victimes depuis des décennies. Cette fois-ci, l’horreur s’est perpétrée…

Explaining the violence in Yumbi

Published: 24 Apr 2019

In December 2018, only two weeks before national elections, hundreds of people were killed in a massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This time, the grim scenes did not play out in the east, where armed violence has marked people’s lives for decades, but in western Congo, 300 km northeast of the capital…

Statement of Support by Civil Society for Eliminating Statelessness in the Great Lakes Region

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Statement to the Ministerial Conference on the Eradication of Statelessness in the Great Lakes Region, 16-18 April 2019 (18 April 2019 Nairobi, Kenya) Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers and Principle Secretaries, Ambassadors and Plenipotentiaries, Head of Division for Humanitarian Affairs of the African Union Commission, Director of the Africa Bureau of the UNHCR, Special Envoy for the…