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…

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…

African and Sudanese civil society calls for strong AU PSC response to coup in Sudan

Published: 15 Apr 2019

(12 April 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations write with deep concern about the military takeover in Sudan on 11 April 2019. The recent announcement of a military transitional council headed by Awad ibn Auf, the former vice president and minister of defense under Bashir’s regime, however, represents an…

Rights in Exile Newsletter – March 2019 Issue

Published: 4 Mar 2019

Issue 100, March 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 Rights in Exile: Documenting a movement Security and Immigration decree produces…

The Global Refugee Compact: Considering Urban Refugees

Published: 13 Feb 2019

One of the slums in Kibuye, Kampala where urban refugees live. Picture extracted from video by scidevnet Contrary to public perception, the majority of refugees live in cities and towns rather than camps. In these urban spaces, some send their children to school, generate livelihoods and successfully negotiate their own way through exile. Others barely…

35 African civil society organisations call for strong AU response to popular uprising in Sudan

Published: 6 Feb 2019

6 February 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 African civil society organisations, write with deep concern about the deterioration of the situation in Sudan. The combination of long term repression and economic mismanagement…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – February 2019

Published: 4 Feb 2019

Issue 99, February 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: Attention! UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Committee: Consider Barbara Harrell-Bond for the Nansen Refugee…

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…

Sudan: Hundreds of Protesters Arrested

Published: 18 Jan 2019

Free or Charge Detainees; End Abuse of Critics (Nairobi, January 18, 2019) – Security officials in Sudan have killed dozens of protesters and rounded up hundreds since widespread anti-austerity protests began on December 19, 2018, four organizations said today. Sudanese authorities should immediately release or charge those detained in relation to the ongoing protests, four…

Togo: Political tensions continue following parliamentary elections

Published: 10 Jan 2019

  Parliamentary elections held in Togo on 20 December 2018 appear to have been relatively calm, despite serious tensions in the run-up to the polls. A major coalition of opposition parties, the C14, boycotted the polls, citing the need for more systemic political reform, includingof the electoral commission, but the ruling party, the Union for…

RDC : l’Église se dresse face à Kabila

Published: 5 Jan 2019

En RDC, l’Église catholique affirme “que les données en sa possession […] consacrent le choix d’un candidat comme président de la République”. Quand les voix du seigneur soufflent le nom du futur président. C’est une véritable bombe qu’ont larguée les dignitaires de l’Église catholique du Congo ce jeudi. Fort de ses 40 000 observateurs envoyés…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – January 2019

Published: 2 Jan 2019

Issue 98, January 2019 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Olivia Bueno, Catherine Tyson, Nejla Sammakia, Mohamed ElSayeh, Kavita Kapur, Joshua Lowe, Christian Jorgensen, Cristina de Nicolas, Nicolas Parent, and Taylor Brooks. Chief Editor: Fiona McKinnon Web links are in blue. In this issue: Articles Will the ECHR shake up the European asylum system? News News on Countries…

Bracing for election-related violence in eastern DRC

Published: 8 Dec 2018

  Finally, they are taking place. On 23 December, citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are going to the polls. After more than two years of postponements, it now looks like in January a new president will be sworn in. This might look like the first peaceful transition of power since the country’s…

South Sudan peace deal: ‘Whose power are they sharing anyway?’

Published: 15 Nov 2018

Photo by Stefanie Glinski/IRIN  More than four million South Sudanese, a third of the country’s population, have been forced to flee their homes during the last five years. Without an effort to include their views – not just those of the country’s political elite – lasting peace will be difficult to achieve. The signing in…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – November 2018

Published: 9 Nov 2018

Issue 96, November 2018 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Fiona McKinnon, Catherine Tyson, Nejla Sammakia, Mohamed ElSayeh, Kavita Kapur, Joshua Lowe, Christian Jorgensen, Cristina de Nicolas, Nicolas Parent, and Taylor Brooks. Chief Editor: Olivia Bueno Web links are in blue. In this issue: Articles APRRN statement: Suspend policy to end refugee status of Chin refugees from Myanmar…

“We Do not Honour Agreements” Dialogue and Peace Agreements in South Sudan

Published: 5 Nov 2018

As South Sudanese and international actors evaluate the potential of the recently signed agreement to move the country towards peace, the International Refugee Rights Initiative has released a new report highlighting the views of South Sudanese citizens, both who have remained at home and the displaced, on dialogue and peace agreements. Although the research was…