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
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.