On 29th April 2016
- Master of the ceremony: Agu Meneitwe Ronald
- 1:15 -2: 00 pm arrival of participants and guests and registration (main hall entrance)
- 2:00 – 2: 05 pm opening remarks by the MC
- 2: 05 – 2:15 pm Anthems Uganda & Makerere University)
- 2:15 – 2:55 pm welcome remarks by the president MUEHRA, Makerere University
- 2:55 – 3:10pm remarks by the representative from Oneyouth OneHeart initiative
- 3:10 -3:20 pm remarks by the patron MUEHRA
- 3:20 – 3:35 pm remarks by head of department of Philosophy
- 3:35 – 3:45 pm remarks by Dean school of liberal and performing arts
- 3:45-3:55 pm official opening by the principal college of humanities and social sciences
- 3:55 – 4:30 pm presentation 1: Universal periodic Review Uganda’s progress and challenges: Mr Janvier Hakizimana (senior protection Associate East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders project)
- 4:30 -4:50 PM Presentation 2: Promotion and protection of Human rights of refugees in Uganda: OPM refugee desk representative
- 4:50 – 5:20 pm Discussion and closure
Mr Janvier Hakizimana, the first presenter, explained the overview of the human rights situation in Uganda. He also further explained the meaning of The Universal periodic review visa vis the theory of the universal declaration of the Human rights as well.
He also explained the challenges that the Ugandan government is facing in terms of addressing the human rights of its citizens.
The second presentation was done by Destin Ndebo Rugereza a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo and OneYouth OneHeart’s country and operations coordinator who explained the practical processes undertaken by Refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda to acquire the refugee status basing on the 2006 refugee act.
He further explained the rights and obligations of refugees as defined by the Ugandan government in the acts but also the current disparities between the act and the realities happening within Uganda.
He also talked about REC (refugee eligibility committee) and the appeals board, under the refugee status determination process and the rights for a refugee to appeal once his/her case is rejected.
He clarified on the durable solutions for refugees especially on issues concerning their rights and about resettlement not being a right but as one of the solutions for the refugees as an alternative for them to start new lives.
He further explained the vision, mission and objectives of Oneyouth Oneheart initiative and how OYOH is bridging the gaps and empowering young people both the refugees and host community youth.
He also encouraged the youth to join the initiative and encouraged them to promote unity, peace and support each other in order for them to have prosperous lives.
After the presentations, the congregation was given an opportunity to ask questions and some of the questions asked were as follows,
- Who is a refugee?
- How do organizations deal with unregistered immigrants who call themselves refugees?
- In case of human rights abuse how do organizations defend refugees? And where do refugees report too?
- How long are refugees allowed to stay in Uganda?
- Other questions where much oriented on the universal periodic review.
Many of these questions were asked by refugees and the presenters answered them according to the laws of Uganda and the international humanitarian laws.
After the discussions the Conference ended by remarks from the head of department of philosophy at around 5:30 Pm.
The questions asked made the organizers to notice that the 2006 refugee act is not well known by both refugees and the host population, thus we humbly request refugee organizations in Uganda to find innovative ways of addressing this concern to promote awareness on this issue among the people of concern and the host population at large.
We also suggest that various organizations should also carry out more productive human rights campaigns, network with one another in order to protect the rights of refugees and host communities.
We also recommend organizations to strive on co-creating opportunities especially volunteering opportunities for the people of concern and youth at large in order to strengthen civic engagements.