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Experts on countries of origin by country

Aguilar, Professor M.I.

Expertise on religion and politics in a number of African, Asian and Latin American countries - and in a number of languages. Current research includes China (Tibet), Chile, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe; Libya and Syria

Occupation: Chair in Religion and Politics & Director, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews
Countries of expertise: Brazil, Burundi, China, Colombia, Cote d`Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Cameron, Dr Hazel

Experienced expert witness and author of country reports for courts and tribunals nationally and internationally
Academic expertise in East African and Southern African administrative, political, economic and social issues. Also available for document authentication and in-country certification.

 Themes; risks on return; state sponsored violence; gross violations of human rights perpetrated by state security forces; political violence, torture and sexual violence; arbitrary arrest and detention; opposition politics and election violence; gender based violence; economy; education; criminal justice system; witness protection; criminal justice system; prison conditions; sufficiency of protection; LGBTI; policing; housing; employment; food security identification on return;  internal relocation; health care; health insurance; mental health services; gender based violence; domestic violence, forced marriage; human trafficking; ethnic groups; social groups; country case law.  

Occupation: Academic Consultant
Countries of expertise: Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Iwilade, Dr Akin

Lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh with extensive experience researching and writing about violent social groups and discrimination in selected African countries.  

Occupation: Lecturer in African Studies, University of Edinburgh; Editorial Board Member of Critical African Studies, Review of African Political Economy and Canadian Journal of African Studies; Book Reviews Editor African Affairs
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Karekwaivanane, Dr George Hamandishe

Lecturer in African studies at Edinburgh University with extensive experience researching, writing and teaching on the history, politics, and cultures of Southern Africa.

Occupation: Lecturer in African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Countries of expertise: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Ntung, Alex

Author, speaker and Country Expert (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan) and Expert Witness in Social Cultural, Linguistic, Religious and Ethnic Issues in Litigation (Great Lakes Region of Africa).

Occupation: Director, Researcher and Expert Witness (Expert Advisory and Research Services, UK)
Countries of expertise: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda

O’Reilly, Karen

The Expert began working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2006, and since then has worked as a Protection Officer and Resettlement Expert on deployment or mission in Uganda, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea and Jordan. She has interviewed and reviewed the cases of several thousand refugees in West and East Africa and the Middle East. She has researched, written and reviewed country of origin information for more than a thousand UNHCR resettlement applications. Between UNHCR deployments she has worked in a volunteer capacity with recently resettled refugees in the US through the refugee resettlement programs administered by Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services.

The Expert holds MAs in English Literature (University of Edinburgh) and Understanding and Securing Human Rights (University of London, with Distinction). Before working with UNHCR, she was a human rights educator for Amnesty International. 

The Expert is also a writer who has published extensively on human rights and development education, globalization and conflict, refugee experiences, and travel in Africa and the Middle East, including a book on refugee experiences published in November 2019. She has written more than 100 country expert reports.

Occupation: Writer, Refugee Resettlement Expert
Countries of expertise: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda