Dismas Nkunda

Dismas Nkunda is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atrocities Watch Africa.

Nkunda well recognized Ugandan who made

his mark through journalism and his work on humanitarian

assistance, refugee protection, human rights and international and

regional development agendas in relation to protection of basic

human rights, rule of law, good governance and basic freedoms and

quest for a just world

Nkunda holds a Masters of Arts in Humanitarian and human rights law

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and MA

Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government,

Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass

Communication, Makarere University, 1992. He also holds a diploma

in law, University of Dar Es Salaam

He is a PhD student in Genocide studies

Dismas is a frequent speaker before the UN, Africa Union, Regional

economic communities, international and local media outlets and

other world forums on the plight of the poor and what rights accrue

to the less privileged, good governance, freedom of association, rights

of movement and displacement, international justice and


Dismas is the Founder and former Director of the International

Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), based in New York (USA) and

Kampala (Uganda) with offices in London and Dakar.

An award-winning journalist, Dismas worked as reporter and editor

for many years for newspapers in Uganda including Weekly Topic,

The Monitor, The Crusader, where he covered politics and conflicts in

the Great Lakes region, including the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Dismas has written extensively for regional and international

publications and was a columnist for The Observer newspaper in

Uganda for 10 years. He is the author of a book titled; A Tot of


Dismas serves on boards of many international charity and non-for

profit entities.

He is also the Chair of the Uganda National committee for the

Prevention and Punishment of Genocide