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…

Video Release: the realities of statelessness in East Africa

Published: 31 Oct 2019

  “A stateless life is a worrisome life,” says Mohammed Suleiman Ali from Tanzania’s Comorian community. Mohammed is not alone. Tens of thousands are affected by, or at risk of, statelessness in East Africa. Discriminatory laws, legal gaps and problematic administrative practices have left a number of communities unable to access citizenship or prove their…

Open Letter: the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged to address serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon

Published: 29 Oct 2019

  H.E Solomon Dersso, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights   CC: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Chairman of the African Union  Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission Banjul, The Gambia, 25 October 2019 Your Excellency, We, a coalition…

Opportunities! Volunteer editors for Rights in Exile newsletter

Published: 29 Oct 2019

  Be a part of our editorial team! The Rights in Exile Newsletter (formerly the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter) is a free public resource for legal assistance providers, refugees, and others interested in refugee legal assistance. The newsletter is a monthly digital publication updating aspects of refugee legal aid so that legal aid providers can stay…

Why Tanzania shouldn’t force Burundian refugees to return

Published: 18 Oct 2019

  Forcing Burundian refugees in Tanzania to leave the country is not only problematic legally, it could also sow the seeds for renewed conflict and displacement in Burundi. At the end of August, the Burundian and Tanzanian governments jointly announced that the 183,000 Burundian refugees would be repatriated. While such a large-scale operation has yet…

Nouveau rapport : « Revenir vers la stabilité ? Retours de réfugiés dans la région des Grands Lacs »

Published: 16 Oct 2019

  Après des décennies de conflit et de violence, la région africaine des Grands Lacs demeure une des zones du monde les plus touchées par le déplacement forcé. La plupart des pays de cette région accueillent des réfugiés, mais voient aussi leurs propres ressortissants chercher refuge dans les pays voisins. Le rapatriement volontaire est généralement…

New report: “Returning to Stability? Refugee returns in the Great Lakes region”

Published: 16 Oct 2019

  After decades of conflict and violence, the Great Lakes region of Africa remains one of the areas of the world most affected by forced displacement. Most of the countries in this region host refugees but have also seen their own citizens seek refuge in neighbouring countries. Voluntary repatriation is generally seen by regional and…

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…

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…