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Abuses against Rwandan refugees in Uganda: Has Time Come for Accountability?

Published: 27 Aug 2018

  For many years, Rwandan refugees in Uganda have faced abuses, including arbitrary detention, forced return to Rwanda and attacks on their physical security, without any form of accountability. However, last Friday, 24 August, former Inspector-General of the Ugandan police, General Kale Kayihura, has been charged with aiding and abetting the kidnapping and repatriation of…

Statement on Israel’s latest deportation scheme

Published: 22 Feb 2018

  On 1 January, the Israeli government announced a new plan to coerce all Eritreans and Sudanese asylum seekers to leave the country by the end of March 2018. Those leaving within this period will receive a grant of USD 3,500 in cash upon their departure and a free one-way ticket. Those who will remain,…

Preventing illegal extraditions, refoulement and cross-border persecution in East Africa

Published: 31 Jan 2018

Following recent cases of abductions and extraditions in East Africa, a new policy paper by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) seeks to clarify the key legal obligations of countries hosting foreign political opponents and opposition figures, and to urge governments to respect these obligations. Across East Africa the protection of politically active or politically…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – December 2017

Published: 1 Dec 2017

ISSUE 87 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Fiona McKinnon, Mandy Jam, Susan Fratzke, Catherine Tyson, Natsumi Paxton, Nejla Sammakia, Iana Messetchkova, Mohamed ElSayeh, Kavita Kapur, Joshua Lowe, and Christian Jorgensen. Chief Editor: Themba Lewis Web links are in blue. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– In this issue: Articles Why some E.U. States want hotspots in the Sahel News News on Countries…

Israel’s High Court allows transfers of Sudanese and Eritreans to Rwanda and Uganda but strikes down indefinite imprisonment: an analysis

Published: 21 Sep 2017

  On 28 August Israel’s High Court of Justice issued its ruling in an appeal on a district court decision concerning Israel’s “voluntary departures” scheme. Under this scheme, Eritreans and Sudanese irregular migrants are transferred from Israel to unnamed “third countries” in Africa. Israel has never disclosed the names of the countries involved in this…

I was left with nothing”: “Voluntary” departures of asylum seekers from Israel to Rwanda and Uganda

Published: 8 Sep 2015

A new report launched today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) exposes how Israeli transfers of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Uganda and Rwanda leaves them without status and vulnerable to exploitation. “Our research shows that Israel is not only failing to respect its own obligations under international law, but is directly increasing…

Finding a home at last? Rwandan exiles in Zambia

Published: 7 Aug 2013

On 30th June this year, the day of the cessation of their refugee status, one and a half thousand Rwandan refugees crowded into the Lusaka Anglican Cathedral in a church service organised by Zambian church leaders to hear the Minister of Home Affairs reaffirm that they could continue to make their home in Zambia. The…

“Home is the absence of war.” Refugees talk of their longing for home

Published: 20 Jun 2012

Today is International Refugee day. It’s a day when officials visit refugee camps and refugees are made to sing and dance and look happy. It’s a day when they are supposed to express their gratitude to those who give them assistance. But refugees don’t want help or handouts. They want justice, they want fairness. They…

The Return: Dilemmas for Congolese Refugees in Rwanda

Published: 9 Sep 2011

Rumor and speculation are rife in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province regarding the anticipated return of Congolese refugees from Rwanda. Sparked by the signing of a tripartite agreement between the governments of the DRC, Rwanda and UNHCR in February 2010, feelings of hostility towards the idea of their “return” are widespread….

Shadows of Return: The Dilemma of Congolese Refugees in Rwanda

Published: 1 Jul 2011

Speculation is rife in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) surrounding the possible return of Congolese refugees currently living in Rwanda following the signing of a tripartite agreement between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the governments of Rwanda and the DRC in February 2010. Yet as…

Mass Removal of Rwandans From Ugandan Refugee Settlements

Published: 15 Jul 2010

Reports reaching IRRI and RLP indicate that on the morning of Wednesday 14th July 2010, OPM Directorate of Refugees and Police officers in Nakivale (Isingiro District) and Kyaka II (Kyenjonjo District) began rounding up Rwandans and forcing them against their will to board trucks to return them to Rwanda. Reports indicate that those targeted in…

Who Belongs Where? Conflict, Displacement, Land and Identity in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Published: 28 Jun 2010

In a research published titled “Who Belongs Where? Conflict, Displacement, Land and Identity in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo” by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in partnership with the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC), views of the ongoing conflict in the east of the country are presented from the perspective of those displaced by it –…

“A Dangerous Impasse: Rwandan Refugees in Uganda”

Published: 28 Jun 2010

Today, the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the Refugee Law Project launched a new report, “A Dangerous Impasse: Rwandan Refugees in Uganda”. The paper examines why refugees living in Uganda’s Nakivale settlement are refusing to return to Rwanda despite considerable push factors. Based on 102 interviews with Rwandan refugees, UN and government officials, the findings…

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…

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…