Daily Monitor: Ethnic clashes among South Sudan refugees in Uganda leave 3 dead, 6 injured

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United Nations refugee agency on Sunday said three South Sudan refugees in Uganda were killed, six injured and hundreds displaced after tribal clashes erupted in Palorinya refugee settlement, in the north western district of Obongi. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Uganda said in a statement that the clashes between the different South Sudanese tribes began on July 13 over the theft of crops in Dama village. The UNHCR said over 280 shelters were set ablaze, forcing families to flee to neighbouring primary schools, local administration offices and a police station for safety. The refugee agency said although the clashes have stopped since last Wednesday, the situation remains tense. Thirty people have been arrested and are currently in custody at Obongi District police station, according to the statement. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Daily Nation: Justice system failing SGBV survivors

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During the 2007/08 post-election violence, Ms Jacqueline Mutere, 53, was raped and from the ordeal, she conceived and gave birth to a baby girl. Thirteen years later, she is yet to get justice. Amid the chaos, Ms Mutere says her quest to get justice was frustrated from the onset. When she arrived at the police station to report the matter, she was told off with the officers saying they were more concerned with quelling the violence. “I vowed never to go back to the police station again. I went to the hospital and faced the same fate. I was unable to get justice that I badly needed,” she said. While sharing her story during a webinar titled Prosecution of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Kenya organised by International Commission of Jurist (ICJ-Kenya), Mutere said she underwent a lot of pain and trauma for three years before she could overcome the ordeal.   Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Legal Representation for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees: Much Needed yet Sparse

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The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures taken by many governments worldwide in order to contain its spread have exacerbated the pitiful and dire state of our diverse societies’ most disadvantaged – not least asylum-seekers and refugees. Normally, asylum-seekers in most countries often face tremendous challenges trying to get recognised as refugees. Yet some manage to navigate the bureaucratic maze and apparently complex system with the aid of legal aid service providers, most of whom are established Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Many an asylum-seeker, particularly in countries with highly individualised and legalised refugee recognition systems, have only gotten recognised as refugees after legal and/or (quasi-)judicial intervention, the latter of which is usually accessible through legal representation. In the present novel circumstances, refugee status determination processes have been suspended in most countries, and yet in some, they may continue to operate with minimal functionality or services. Therefore, those that need their services are more or less locked out depending…

UNHCR warns stateless people risk being left behind in coronavirus response

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging governments worldwide to pay urgent attention to the plight of millions of stateless people and to follow a set of recommendations the organization has issued today to ensure their coverage in the COVID-19 response. “Millions of people around the world are denied a nationality and the legal rights endowed with it. They do not exist on paper and most often live on the fringes of society. Our worry is that at such a critical time, in the middle of a global pandemic, they now are at great risk of being left behind in the response,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Without citizenship, stateless people often do not have access to essential services, including health care, and now may also be precluded from or face obstacles in accessing coronavirus testing and treatment. Others may refrain from accessing services for fear that their legal status can put them at risk of…

IDMC: The displacement continuum: the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movement in seven countries

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The twentieth of June is World Refugee Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees. There are nearly twice as many internally displaced people (IDPs) as there are refugees, but there is no International Day of Internal Displacement. To bring attention to the invisible majority of displaced people, IDMC is investigating the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movement. We do not know how many refugees were internally displaced previously, or how many refugees and migrants become displaced when they return to their country of origin. This is a major knowledge gap which IDMC is seeking to address by painting a more comprehensive picture of the entire displacement continuum through in-depth primary research. This report is based on the results of seven studies conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen between 2018 and 2019. In doing these studies, we conducted more than 1,470 survey interviews with IDPs, refugees and returning refugees, complementing our findings…
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