Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Uganda Pro Bono Directory

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.

African Prisons Project

www.africanprisons.org
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Africa office (Uganda): PO Box 50046, Luzira, Kampala
Tel: +256 75 13 84 205
Email: adminatafricanprisons [dot] org
Contact Person: Victor Wildeman

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.

Avocats Sans Frontiéres (ASF)

Contact Person: Dorah Caroline Mafabi
 
The primary goal of Avocats Sans Frontiéres (ASF) is to contribute to the establishment of institutions and mechanisms that allow for access to independent and impartial justice, and which are capable of guaranteeing the protection of fundamental rights (civil and political, economic and social), including the right to a fair trial. ASF implements projects aimed at providing legal advice and assistance in collaboration with national lawyers and for the following categories of beneficiaries: minors, women, detainees, victims of human rights violations and fundamental freedoms. In the absence of other sources of such specialized legal aid, refugees are encouraged to contact the ASF office.
 

KAMPALA

Old Kira Road, Plot 832, Bukoto, Kampala
Tel: +256 785 134 030

Disaster Preparedness, Management & Refugees

Office of the Prime Minister Uganda
Postel Building, Yusuf Lule Road; P.O. Box 341 Kampala
Tel:+256 41 42 54 252
Fax: +256 41 43 41 139
Contact Persons: Senior Protection Officer, ug-apratasf [dot] be; Commissioner, dakazunguatyahoo [dot] com
 
This is the lead agency responsible for disaster preparedness and management in Uganda. It coordinates risk reduction, prevention, preparedness, mitigation and response actions in the country in consultation with other line ministries, humanitarian and development partners, Local Governments and the Private sector.
 

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)

www.fhri.or.ug
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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: fhriatspacenet [dot] co [dot] ug or fhriatstarcom [dot] co [dot] ug or fhriatdmail [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)

http://www.foundationppdr.org
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: ppdrugandaatgmail [dot] com (ppdrugandaatgmail [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 refugeesIn 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)

www.refugee-rights.org/
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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: fhriatdmail [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

www.jrsea.org
JRS Uganda, Old Gaba Road, behind US Embassy, P.O. Box 7410, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +254 41 42 66 264
Email: easternafricaatjrs [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

www.nrc.no/?aid=9167601http://www.nrc.no/?aid=9147667#.VaPD4M6-DKM
4 Jivhan Road; P.O.Box 780, GULU, Uganda
Tel: +256 77 27 11 803
Email: lamin [dot] manjangatnrc [dot] no 
Contact Person: Lamin Manjang, Country Director
 
NRC provides humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees. Their programme activities are concentrated on five core activities, one being Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance. NRC provides legal assistance, usually through individual casework, but it may also entail class action. NRC pursues legal action through all relevant local, national and international legal systems and mechanisms, including customary law, conflict resolution and mediation mechanisms and any other prevalent systems of law - in addition to statutory law and the courts. NRC may provide training in legal issues to target groups and key local actors - to establish a platform of understanding of rights and applicable law, and subsequent legal approaches to key issues.
 

The Refugee Law Project (RLP)

www.refugeelawproject.org
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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: diratrefugeelawproject [dot] org, s [dot] alupoatrefugeelawproject [dot] org
Contact Persons: Chris Dolan, Director; Susan Alupo, Program Manager, Access to Justice / Legal Aid; Onen David, Programme Manager, Gender & Sexuality; Peninah Kansiime. SGBVP Officer; Moses Nsubuga, Communications; Grace Nakulira, Accountant
 
The Refugee Law Project (RLP), an outreach project of the School of Law at Makerere University, Uganda, provides probono legal aid, counseling and psycho-social services, education and training to asylum seekers, refugees, deportees and internally displaced people in Uganda. The psycho-social services offered by the RLP include counseling and referrals on a range of non-legal matters, including sexual and gender-based violence, access to medical care, housing and education. RLP also offers English language training in order that refugees and asylum seekers can advocate for their rights on their own behalf. These services are offered by qualified lawyers, para-legals and psychosocial staff, both Ugandan and international.
 

Salima Namusobya

Email: snamusobyaatgmail [dot] com

In emergency situations Salima Namusobya is prepared to offer legal assistance to refugees. 

War Child International

Website (international): http://www.warchild.org/

Address in the UK: Linton House, 39-51 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RT
Phone: +44(0)207 916 9276
General enquiries email: infoatwarchild [dot] org [dot] uk
Programmes enquiries email: africa [dot] progammesatwarchild [dot] org [dot] uk
 
Address in Canada: 489 College St. Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1A5
Phone:1-866-927-2445
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] ca
 
Address in the Netherlands: Helmholtzstraat 61-G , 1098 LE Amsterdam
Phone:+31-20-422-7777
Email: infoatwarchild [dot] nl
 
Address of War Child Holland in Uganda: Market Street Plot 8 -10, Lira, P.O.Box 1033, Lira
Email: kampala [dot] officeatwarchild [dot] nl
 
War Child International is a charity organization represented by offices in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands that works with children all over the world to reduce the effects of poverty, provide an education and to defend and promote child rights. War Child in the UK implements two major projects in Uganda on access of children to education - School access in Alcholi and Protecting and Educating children in Karamoja. The office also works on the issue of the Lord's resistance army. War Child Canada is currently working to increase access to quality education for South Sudanese refugee and host community children in Northern Uganda. War Child Canada has been working to address the lack of legal protection for women and children survivors of SGBV and to curb the prevalence of perpetrators’ impunity since 2007. Services include: legal counseling/advice or referrals, in person or through a toll-free legal hotline; alternate dispute resolution (mediation); and court representation in civil or criminal cases. War Child Canada is also working with South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Koboko to provide an emergency protection program which includes the provision of legal aid, referrals to life saving services and reducing the risk of SGBV.

 

HIAS in Uganda

HIAS provides services for particularly vulnerable refugees in Kampala, Uganda who reside in urban settlements rather than in refugee camps. This includes single women, unaccompanied minors, and minority groups. The range of services includes legal support, psychosocial care and vocational training.
 
Registered Address: 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-844-7300
Main office location in Uganda: Kansanga
Contact person: Devota Nuwe
 
Refugees and Asylum Seekers cannot contact HIAS Uganda directly. If you are an organisation working with refugees, you have to refer them to HIAS Uganda.
 

CIYOTA Coburwas International Youth Organisation to Transform Africa

Address: P.O.BOX 37403 Kampala- Uganda 
Phone: +256.392.897073 
Email: executiveatcoburwas [dot] org
 

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.

 

ANTI-FGM/C ORGANISATIONS IN UGANDA

ICOD Action Network

www.icodactionnetwork.org
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Room B001, Amber House Kampala Road - Kampala Uganda, East Africa
Tel: +256790914659

The Integrated Community Efforts for Development (ICOD) Action Network aims to create lasting social change in rural communities. In northeastern Uganda the ICOD Action Network has established a grassroots movement, the 'Barefoot Grannies', who are working to end FGM/C and promote women's reproductive health and girl-child education. The grannies are leading efforts to change their communities' perspective about women's rights.
 

LGBTI ORGANISATIONS IN UGANDA

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum - Uganda (HRAPF)

Tel:+256 (0)414 530683
Plot 390, Professor Apolo Nsibambi Road, 20 metres off Balintuma Road
Namirembe, Kampala
P.O. Box 25603 Kampala, 0256 Uganda

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)

http://www.amsher.org/
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27 Clieveden Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg 2090, SA
Tel: +27 11 482 4630 
Email: infoatamsher [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] esomatgmail [dot] com). 

Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law

www.ugandans4rights.org
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Plot 9 Perryman Gardens, Old Kampala (Opposite Old Kampala Primary School)
Tel: +256 (0) 782 169 505
Email: infoatugandans4rights [dot] org

Sexual Minorities Uganda

www.smug.4t.com
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Tel: +25 67 84 60 642
Email: smug_2004atyahoo [dot] com

 

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