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Title:The Legal Status of Refugees in Uganda
Author:Kiapi, AbrahamISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
human rights
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
international law
Civil rights
Civil law
public law
Abstract:Troubles in Rwanda, Burundi, the Sudan and the Congo (Zaire) have led to massive influxes of refugees into Uganda. The Control of Alien Refugees Act (Chapter 64 of the Laws of Uganda, 1964) is the principal law regulating the entry, residence, conduct and exit of refugees in the country. The Act treats refugees as undesirable intruders rather than as people in need of protection from persecution. Whereas international instruments define who a refugee is and should be, the Act gives the appropriate minister power to declare who a refugee is. The minister's designation is so narrow that it leaves large categories of refugees uncovered. However, study of the situation on the ground indicates that officials do not follow the Act to the letter. It is mainly applied to spontaneous refugees who enter Uganda in large numbers. Otherwise refugees enjoy the rights enumerated in international instruments. Nonetheless this does not detract from the fact that the legislation governing the area of refugees in Uganda is archaic and needs to be overhauled in order to make it conform with the letter and the spirit of international and regional instruments such as the UNHCR Statute of 1950, the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1969 OAU Convention. Ref.