Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Uganda.
As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
Justice systems vary across Africa and corruption is a significant problem. It can take several years for a case to go to trial, during which most prisoners are held on remand without any chance of bail. Most prisoners have little or no access to a lawyer. When such remand prisoners reach court after so many years, some are released immediately as the prosecution have no evidence against them. Just a small law facility built by APP in some prison libraries can help prisoners understand what they are being charged with and to prepare their defence and appeals. Failed asylum seekers and those who have crossed borders illegally (potential refugees) are amongst the many interned in prisons across Africa. APP has an office in Kampala, and are planning a legal centre at Luzira Prison in the capital. This is in conjunction with local lawyers and the judiciary and will improve access to justice for the prisoners.
Old Kira Road, Plot 832, Bukoto, Kampala
Tel: +256 785 134 030
Disaster Preparedness, Management & Refugees
Postel Building, Yusuf Lule Road; P.O. Box 341 Kampala
Tel:+256 41 42 54 252
Fax: +256 41 43 41 139
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)
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Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Human Rights House, Plot 1853, Lulume Road Nsambya; P.O. Box 11027, Kampala
Tel: +256 414 51 02 63 or 51 04 98 or 51 02 76 or 03 12-26 60 25
Fax: +256 414 51 04 98
Mobile: +256 07 52 79 19 63
Email: fhrispacenet [dot] co [dot] ug or fhristarcom [dot] co [dot] ug or fhridmail [dot] ug
FHRI through the Legal Services Division offers initial legal advice and assistance as well as making referrals to other Legal Aid Service providers with expertise to handle refugee issues and follow them up to their successful conclusion.
Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights (Foundation PPDR)
Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights
Stella- Najjanankumbi, on Entebbe Road
P.O. Box 71969 Kampala, Uganda
Tel.: +256 774 51 66 05 or +256 753 650 547
Email: ppdrugandagmail [dot] com (ppdrugandagmail [dot] com)Contact Person: Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos (Executive Director)
The Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights (Foundation PPDR) is a refugee-led organization focusing on issues in Uganda and the Great Lakes region of Africa including the rights of refugees. In addition to working and training in the fields of leadership, human rights, good governance, and other components of civic education, Foundation PPDR refers refugees to other organizations - including the Refugee Law Project - where they can find appropriate assistance.
International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)
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International Refugee Rights Initiative
Plot 83, Katalima Road, Naguru, P.O. Box 7785, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 41 43 40 274
Fax: +256 41 43 40 275
Email: fhridmail [dot] ug
The IRRI is primarily an advocacy organisation, with a dual office in New York, and does not undertake legal aid services for refugees. Since its inception in 2004, the IRRI has been dedicated to addressing human rights in conflict and displacement in Africa. They ground their advocacy in the rights accorded in regional and international human rights instruments and strive to make these guarantees effective at the local level. IRRI aims to contribute to the improvement and creation of models of law and practice which best guarantee human rights in conflict and displacement. They engage in legal and field-based research in order to better understand how policy affects conflict affected communities and bring these findings to the attention of policy makers in national, regional and international debates. Their dual bases in Kampala and New York uniquely position IRRI to act as a bridge between these local advocates and the international community, enabling local knowledge to infuse international developments and helping local advocates integrate the implications of regional and international policy in their work at home.
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Uganda
JRS Uganda, Old Gaba Road, behind US Embassy, P.O. Box 7410, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +254 41 42 66 264
Email: easternafricajrs [dot] net
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS provides education, psychosocial support, pastoral care, peace-education, livelihoods services and emergency relief and is involved in human rights protection and advocacy activities on different levels. Within Uganda, JRS works in Kampala and Kitgum. In Kampala, JRS assists new arrivals, asylum seekers and most vulnerable refugees by providing information, food and non-food items, rent payment, medical assistance, transport and psychosocial support. JRS also offers English language lessons and skills training. In Kitgum, JRS helps formerly internally displaced persons (IDPs) strengthen their capacities to rebuild their lives by providing agricultural and literacy training, psychosocial support and peace education.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Uganda
4 Jivhan Road; P.O.Box 780, GULU, Uganda
Tel: +256 77 27 11 803
Email: lamin [dot] manjangnrc [dot] no
The Refugee Law Project (RLP)
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Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Plot 9, Perryman Gardens, Old Kampala, PO Box 33903 Kampala
Tel: +256 (0)4 14 34 35 56
Email: snamusobyagmail [dot] com
In emergency situations Salima Namusobya is prepared to offer legal assistance to refugees.
War Child International
Website (international): http://www.warchild.org/
HIAS in Uganda
CIYOTA Coburwas International Youth Organisation to Transform Africa
CIYOTA is Non Governmental organization that is enhancing education for children and women in Uganda with the aim of promoting community development and transformation, through education, leadership, entrepreneurship and active nonviolence. They do this by providing means of transportation to children who live in remote rural areas, and by offering scholarships for underprivileged students in order to get access to high-quality education at primary, secondary and tertiary level. The organization’s objective is to have a united community in which everyone’s skills and abilities are developed to the best level possible in order to empower communities and shift their mindset from one of revenge and violence to one of non-violence and cooperation. They set up training programs for one million youth in socially responsible leadership to promote Pan African cooperation, non-violence and entrepreneurship. All projects and trainings planned and implemented by CIYOTA follow a community-driven “bottom-up” logic. At the moment, their headquarter is in Kampala, but their are aiming to expand their operations to numerous communities throughout Western Uganda and the Eastern DRC. The organization also serves children, that have become orphans or refugee as a consequence of armed conflict. These children fallen out of every family structure are provided with homes, education, positive encouragement and other necessities that help them grow and become positive change makers in their communities.
LGBTI ORGANISATIONS IN UGANDA
Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum - Uganda (HRAPF)
P.O. Box 25603 Kampala, 0256 Uganda
African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)
Email: infoamsher [dot] net
This organization keeps a list of lawyers in various African countries who are available to assist LGBTI people on a confidential basis. For such assistance, write to Kene Essoom (kene [dot] esomgmail [dot] com).
Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law
Sexual Minorities Uganda