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…

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…

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Uganda’s refugee policies: the history, the politics, the way forward

Published: 17 Oct 2018

  Uganda’s refugee policy urgently needs an honest discussion, if sustainable solutions for both refugees and host communities are to be found, a new policy paper by International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) reveals. The paper, entitled Uganda’s refugee policies: the history, the politics, the way forward puts the “Ugandan model” in its historical and political…

Submission to Human Rights Committee on Sudan

Published: 12 Sep 2018

  Sudan’s compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the context of mixed migration from, and to Sudan 124th session of the Human Rights Committee – Review of Sudan’s State Party report Introduction This submission by the Centre for Human Rights Law, SOAS, University of London, the International…

Joint NGO Letter to Human Rights Council on DRC Human Rights Monitoring

Published: 6 Sep 2018

  Re: Creating a dedicated country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism on the Democratic Republic of Congo at the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 5 September 2018 Your excellency, We, the undersigned Congolese, regional, and international organizations, write to urge your delegation to support the creation of a country-wide human rights monitoring and reporting…

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter – September 2018

Published: 3 Sep 2018

Issue 95, September 2018 ISSN 2049-2650 Editorial Team: Catherine Tyson, Nejla Sammakia, Mohamed ElSayeh, Kavita Kapur, Joshua Lowe, Christian Jorgensen, Cristina de Nicolas, Nicolas Parent, and Taylor Brooks. Chief Editor: Themba Lewis Web links are in blue. ___________ In this issue: SPECIAL TRIBUTE: DR BARBARA HARRELL-BOND, OBE External tributes to Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE Statement:…

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…