Uganda: JRS trains refugees on Ugandan Refugee Act
29 May 2009

Knowledge of the Ugandan Refugee Act will trickle down to children, like these, who are eating at a centre run by the Missionaries of the Poor for refugees and locals who have nowhere to go in Kampala.
The purpose was to help beneficiaries gain a better understanding of the Refugee Act and to promote awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Kampala, 29 May 2009 The JRS Urban Programme held a seminar on the Ugandan Refugee Act for asylum seekers and refugees at JRS Kampala offices this May. The purpose was to help beneficiaries gain a better understanding of the Refugee Act and to promote awareness of their rights and responsibilities. Fifteen asylum seekers and eight refugees from Somalia, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Ethiopia participated in the seminar. They then disseminated the information within their respective groups.

The seminar was facilitated by a legal officer from the Refugee Law Project, which is affiliated to the faculty of law at Makerere University and offers legal advice to refugees. For the first time, a protection officer from the Office of Prime Minister (OPM) was also present as facilitator. Participants were taken through sessions on various topics. They received an introduction to refugee law and were made familiar with the content of the Ugandan refugee Act, the general provisions in the Ugandan refugee Act that apply to refugees, the importance of the Act towards the protection of asylum seekers and refugees in Uganda and the rights and obligations of refugees. For each topic, there was a question and answer session.

Ugandan Refugee Act looks favourably on refugees

The seminar assisted asylum seekers and refugees to become familiar with detailed information concerning the refugee status determination (RSD) process as well as their rights and obligations as stipulated in the Act. Each group was given a copy of the Act for reference as they disseminate information to their group members and for their own use.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) thanked JRS for organising the seminar as it gave refugees and asylum seekers the opportunity to increase their awareness relating to the Uganda Refugee Act which is famous for being one of the most favourable in Africa because it accords refugees all the rights stipulated in the UN and African Union (OAU) conventions.







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