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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging

Published: 27 Sep 2016

(27 September 2016) The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is pleased to announce the publication of Refugees, Conflict and the Search for Belonging by Lucy Hovil, IRRI’s Senior Researcher. This timely publication, based on seven years of research by IRRI in Eastern and Central Africa, has application beyond the region, pointing to drivers and failures…

Editorial Note on the Special Issue on Civil Society, Social Movements and Transitional Justice

Published: 22 Sep 2016

  Transitional justice, an emerging genre in the study, conception and practice of justice, has come about as a result of years of negotiation, contestation and compromise between state and nonstate actors. It is now generally acknowledged that nonstate actors, and in particular civil society organizations (CSOs), play a critical role in deconstructing authoritarianism, rebuilding the…

IRRI and EHAHRDP Oral Statement on the Adoption of the UPR report on Somalia

Published: 24 Jun 2016

Delivered by Kafia Omar 24 June 2016 Thank you Mr President. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the International Refugee Rights Initiative welcome steps taken by Somalia to strengthen the human rights framework since its last UPR, such as creating the Ministry of Women and Human Rights and ratifying the…

Sudan: Civil Society Statement on Push Factors in Sudan and the Khartoum Process

Published: 20 Jun 2016

Civil Society Statement on Push Factors in Sudan and the Khartoum Process 20 June 2016 On World Refugee Day, we, the undersigned individuals and civil society organisations, wish to draw attention to a number of the human rights violations serving as push factors for Sudan’s refugees and internally displaced. In light of the recent EU-Horn…

Letter on the 5th Year Anniversary of Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile

Published: 4 Jun 2016

The Right Honourable David Cameron MP 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Saturday 4 June 2016 Dear Prime Minister, 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CONFLICT IN SOUTH KORDOFAN AND BLUE NILE, SUDAN We, as representatives of the population in the Nuba Mountains and wider international and African civil society organisations, as shown in the logos above…

Joint statement to the AU

Published: 10 Jun 2015

1 10 June 2015 To HE Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Dear Madam, Open letter to the African Union on the resurgence of xenophobic violence in South Africa presented on the occasion of the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, June 2015 We, the undersigned organisations, write to you as concerned organisations…

OPEN LETTER TO THE AFRICAN COMMISSION REGARDING THE XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Published: 23 Apr 2015

23 April, 2015 Dear Chair and Commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, We, the undersigned civil society organisations, write to you as concerned organisations and citizens of the African continent to raise concern about the xenophobic attacks currently occurring, mainly against African foreign nationals, in the Republic of South Africa. We…

The International Refugee Rights Initiative and the Fahamu Refugee Programme announce merger

Published: 1 Jul 2014

(1 July 2014) It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Fahamu Refugee Programme (FRP) has merged with the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI). The merger reinforces IRRI’s capacity to address refugee rights issues, bringing new opportunities and expertise and complementing our research and policy work with a focus on legal assistance. At the same…

LAS letter South Kordofan bombing

Published: 10 Jun 2014

Secretary-General League of Arab States 10 June 2014 Subject: Call to end targeting of civilians in Sudan’s conflict areas Your Excellency, As a coalition of civil society groups from Africa and the Middle East who are working to assist the people of Sudan, we write to Your Excellency to appeal to you to intensify your…

AU letter South Kordofan bombing

Published: 10 Jun 2014

All Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council Addis Ababa 10 June 2014 Re: Call to end targeting of civilians in Sudan’s conflict areas Your Excellencies, As a coalition of civil society groups from Africa and the Middle East providing assistance to civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile or supporting peace in…

UNSC SK Bombing letter

Published: 9 Jun 2014

To all members of the United Nations Security Council 09 June 2014 Dear Ambassadors As a coalition of non-governmental organizations working to provide assistance to civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile or supporting peace efforts in Sudan, we appeal to the UN Security Council to demand an end to the targeting of civilians by…