Uganda: Critique of the Refugees Act (2006)

Published: 1/Jun/2006
Source: Refugee Law Project (Kampala)

“The Refugees Act has been commenced and is in force with the exception of certain parts that require additional institutional and structural establishments under the Act beyond the existing structures. Overall, the Refugees Act reflects international legal standards of refugee protection provided in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1977 protocol and the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of the Refugee Problem in Africa. It is progressive, human rights and protection oriented.   There are however some deficits, loopholes, inadequacies, room for excesses, and glaring omissions in the Refugees Act, all of which potentially erode the progressive and protection orientation of the Act and threaten to lower its compliance with international protection standards considerably. The critique of the Act which follows systematically highlights and discusses these deficits, inadequacies, loopholes, omissions and potential reserves for excesses and makes appropriate recommendations for amendment consideration.”

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Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: East Africa, Uganda
Year: 2006