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The theme of the conference: 'Refugees, Returnees and IDPs: Towards durable solutions for forced displacement', was in line with the 2019 African Union. The main outcome of the panel discussion was the need for CSOs to continue providing critical support to governments through supplementing their education efforts, and ensuring the leadership remains accountable to the protocols they sign pertaining to the issues concerning IDPs and Refugees. The national laws of countries grappling with the reality of hosting IDPs and refugees need to be aligned with international laws bearing in mind that this is a global problem.

There was a proposal for the inclusion and participation of refugee persons in programmes that affect them. Further to this the discussion posited that it would be prudent for the host nations to issue identification cards and allow for rebirth registration to the refugees which will increase their mobility outside refugee camp ensuring they have access to education opportunities other than those offered within the camps.

The conference which lasted from 20th – 22nd April 2019 culminated in the launch of a training manual for civil society organisations on the Kampala Convention and its Model Law. Outcomes of the discussion and resolutions on the situation facing human rights defenders and freedom of expression across various countries in Africa were presented and adopted.

 

CSO Regional Forum

Nairobi, Kenya 30th November to 1st December 2017 – Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in partnership with EACSOF Kenya organized a regional CSO forum to discuss the role CSOs in ensuring that EAC partner states uphold and implement their regional and national commitments. The meeting brought together CSOs from five EAC

RDC Meeting in Nairobi min min

Regional Dialogue Committee Members at Laico Regency in Nairobi, Kenya

The purpose of the meeting was to consider the report and recommendations of the 5th Annual EAC Secretary General’s Forum and to assign responsibilities and timelines for follow up. The meeting was further expected to discuss the preparation of the 6th Annual Secretary General’s Forum and the process of conducting national level

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