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Civilians under attack in Sudan: A robust AU response is required

Published: 19 Apr 2023

19 April 2023   I believe the drafters of the Constitutive Act anticipated scenarios similar to the one obtaining in Sudan, when they coined article 4(h). Africans can not stand by and continue to watch atrocities being committed in Sudan without taking all necessary measures to stop them. Shuvai Nyoni, Executive Director, the African Leadership…

Annual Report 2018-2019 #IRRI@15

Published: 9 Mar 2022

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR When I was joining IRRI in the first quarter of 2019, I could not have imagined the dynamism and shifts we would experience by the end of 2019. We changed. Simply put. At the milestone of 15 years, we determined that we needed to re- strategise and rethink IRRI, and what…

Quest for citizenship – the story of the Maragoli

Published: 23 Jan 2019

Statelessness affects ten thousands of people in East Africa. Being stateless has significant negative impact on the lives of affected persons – who are unable to access fundamental rights to which they are entitled under human rights law, but which require state mediation to access in practice. Without identification documents they are not able to…

Summary of IRRI hosted workshop on the AU draft protocol on the right to a nationality

Published: 19 Jun 2018

On Wednesday 2 May 2018, the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), organised a workshop in Uganda on the Right to Nationality, ahead of the second meeting of African Union’s Member States Experts on the Draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Specific Aspects on the Right to a…

Meeting of AU Member States on the draft Protocol on the Right to a Nationality in Africa

Published: 7 May 2018

“African States should seize the opportunity to set clear standards on the recognition of nationality and the eradication of statelessness”, urged a coalition of African civil society organisations working on the issue. Member States are meeting in Abidjan, 7-11 May 2018, to discuss the text of a draft protocol to the African Charter on Human…

IRRI’s 2017 Annual Report

Published: 23 Apr 2018

IRRI’s 2017 Annual Report  highlights  our work in a year of significant achievement for us, as we continued to work on our three main programmatic areas of: -identifying the violations that cause displacement and exile; -protecting the rights of those who are displaced, and -ensuring resolutions to their displacement are durable, rights respecting, safe and timely. The…

IRRI Newsletter: In Case You Missed It (Jul-Dec 2016)

Published: 30 Dec 2016

The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that this “quarterly” newsletter in fact covers six month of our activities so our apologies for it being a little longer than usual. In this update you can find information on our activities re protecting rights in exile, the causes and resolution ton conflict including our work on Gambia, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, DRC, citizenship rights…

Statelessness averted? Former Burundian refugees to receive Tanzanian citizenship

Published: 15 Oct 2014

(This blog first appeared on the IntLawGrrls blog site) On 29 September 2014, at the annual meeting of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Governing Executive Committee in Geneva, the government of Tanzania announced that it finally intends to deliver on its 2008 promise of citizenship to tens of thousands of former…

Denial of citizenship rights and the link to atrocity crimes: Calling for greater recognition to be made of the need for inclusive approaches to citizenship

Published: 11 Sep 2013

Today, the UN General Assembly is having a dialogue to discuss the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of the responsibility to protect – otherwise known as R2P. The idea behind the responsibility to protect – which effectively affirms the responsibility of states to protect populations within their borders from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes…

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…

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