Refugee Status Determination and the Rights of Recognized Refugees Under Uganda's Refugees Act 2006

(2012) 24 International Journal of Refugee Law 561

18 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2016

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Marina Sharpe

Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Salima Namusobya

Makerere University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In 2006 Uganda passed new domestic legislation relating to refugees, replacing the antiquated Control of Alien Refugees Act of 1964. The Refugees Act 2006, which represents a significant improvement on its predecessor, entered into force in 2008 and regulations to operationalize it were passed in 2010. This article describes the Act's rights framework and the process of refugee status determination under it, and analyses those rights guaranteed by the Act to recognized refugees that fall below regional and international benchmarks. It argues that the guarantees regarding freedom of movement and residence, freedom of association and expression, and the right to work are insufficient when measured against the standards guaranteed by regional and international refugee and human rights instruments to which Uganda has acceded.

Suggested Citation

Sharpe, Marina and Namusobya, Salima, Refugee Status Determination and the Rights of Recognized Refugees Under Uganda's Refugees Act 2006 (2012). (2012) 24 International Journal of Refugee Law 561, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2855921

Marina Sharpe (Contact Author)

Royal Military College Saint-Jean ( email )

15 Rue Jacques-Cartier Nord
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J3B 8R8
Canada

Salima Namusobya

Makerere University ( email )

P.O Box 7062
P.O BOX 7062
Kampala, CENTRAL 256
Uganda

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