National
Irish ambassador hails Uganda refugee policy
Publish Date: Jun 28, 2014
Irish ambassador hails Uganda refugee policy
ADRA staff organising the refugees to receive the relief items
  • mail
  • img
newvision

Andante Okanya

The Irish ambassador to Uganda Donal Cronin, has hailed Uganda’s refugee policy, describing it as unmatched and the most friendly in the world.


Cronin made the remarks at Kati Kati Restaurant, while addressing the Uganda Irish Alumni Association.  The association was holding its first annual general meeting.

“Uganda has the best refugee policy in the whole world. This is a country of friendly people,” Cronin stated.

The term ‘refugee’ is a description of a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Uganda plays host to thousands of refugees, as a result of cross-border conflict, most especially from the neighbouring countries, specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other refugees hail from Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan.

Cronin noted that Uganda and Ireland  share a common history of conflict, and resilience, among others, saying the two countries have been able to put aside their past misfortunes and march forward.

He commended the association, saying it is a testament of Uganda’s close ties with  Ireland.

Active refugee settlements in the country are Kyaka II in Kyenjojo district, Nakivale in Isingiro district, Oruchinga near Mbarara town, Kyangwali in Hoima district, Kiryandongo in Masindi district, Paralonya, and Rhino Camp in Arua district.

Others are Imvepi, Madi Okollo and the integrated camps of Adjumani.

Uganda’s Refugee Act, 2006, prescribes the treatment, entitlements under International Conventions, rights, and obligations of refugees on Ugandan soil.

RELATED ARTICLES

Uganda overwhelmed as refugees hit 317,000

Over 42, 000 South Sudanese refugees registered in Uganda

Govt, human rights activist clash over status of Kampala refugees

Uganda to negotiate return of refugees
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ex-PM Mbabazi entitled to sh2.1m pension
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi once said he was not finished and indeed he is not, especially in the wallet....
Mother declines cash to marry off P.6 daughter
A 37-year-old woman from eastern Uganda is the talk of the town after she rejected sh602,000 from a suitor who wanted to marry her daughter....
14 killed in DR Congo machete attack
THE incursion by the Ugandan rebel group ADF took place overnight in the town of Kampi ya Chui....
Businessman sues UNRA over Entebbe Expressway
A businessman has dragged UNRA to court seeking sh5b in damages for loss of business and the inconvenience over the construction of the Entebbe Expressway....
US Commander of Africa Forces visits
President Yoweri Museveni has said that the main challenge in Somalia today was clan-related issues. The President made the remarks at State House Entebbe in a meeting with the United States of America Commander of Africa Forces, General David Rodriguez....
Museveni hails Uganda-North Korea ties
President Yoweri Museveni describes the North Koreans as friends who have helped Uganda for a long time on visit of one of its leaders....
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter