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New publications: ‘Tragedy in Uganda: Kony massacre survivors tell their story

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

On Sunday 12th January 2014, The Guardian/The Observer newspaper in the UK published an article entitled “Tragedy in Uganda: Kony massacre survivors tell their story”. The article highlights the massacre site scoping work done by the Refugee Law Project through the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre (NMPDC) located in Kitgum district, northern Uganda.

To increase transparency about what happened when, where, by whom and to whom, and to inform ongoing transitional justice processes, the NMPDC has scoped dozens of massacre sites, and documented over five thousand conflict related events. The article in the Guardian argues clearly why this work is so important. For the full article, please visit http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/12/joseph-kony-uganda-massacres-survivors-stories.

For the story in pictures, please go to the following link:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2014/jan/12/joseph-kony-uganda-massacres-survivors-in-pictures#/?picture=426761123&index=1

Furthermore, the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre assisted Christian Aid in the production of two documentaries about the work of the NMPDC, and the current situation in post-conflict northern Uganda. These can be found via the following links:
. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/in-konys-shadow/
. http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jan/12/mapping-uganda-massacres-lra-video

The first documentary narrates the story of Norman, a former child soldier who was abducted by the LRA rebels on 1st January 1995. The NMPDC produced an 18 chapter biography of Norman’s life story and these chapters can be accessed at http://refugeelawproject.org/nmpdc.php. The second documentary is about the massacre site scoping work.

For further information, please contact us at info@refugeelawproject.org & ctj@refugeelawproject.org

New Publication: Women’s Rights in Uganda

Women’s rights in Uganda: gaps between policy and practice

Women’s rights in Uganda: gaps between policy and practice

A new report by The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) entitled Women’s rights in Uganda: gaps between policy and practice.

The report, based on findings of an investigation mission conducted in December 2011, highlights that the adoption of legislation to regulate marriage and divorce has been pending for over 14 years and that, in the absence of such a law, protection is piecemeal and fractured and significant gaps exist. The Marriage and Divorce Bill, which is pending before Parliament, fixes the minimum legal age for marriage for both sexes at 18, grants women the right to choose their spouse and the right to divorce spouses for cruelty and prohibits the customary practice of “widow inheritance” (allowing men to “inherit” the widows of their deceased brothers (levirat)). It also defines matrimonial property, provides for equitable distribution of property in case of divorce and recognises some property rights for partners that cohabit. However, the Bill does not apply to Muslim marriages, nor does it prohibit polygamy or payment of the “bride price”.

To download the full report click on the link below:

Human Rights Rights – New Publications

Human Rights Watch World Report

Human Rights Watch World Report

The following publications have recently been published by Human Rights Watch:

Human Rights Watch World Report 2012: Events of 2011.
This is the flagship annual report produced by Human Rights Watch.  “This 22nd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011. ”

Human Rights Watch state that:

The introductory essay examines the Arab Spring, which has created an extraordinary opportunity for change. The global community has a responsibility to help the long suppressed people of the region seize control of their destiny from often-brutal authoritarian rulers. Standing firmly with people as they demand their legitimate rights is the best way to stop the bloodshed, while principled insistence on respect for rights is the best way to help these popular movements avoid intolerance, lawlessness, and summary revenge once in power.

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Human Rights Watch Press Release.
(Source: Human Rights Watch).

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead: A Human Rights Agenda for Egypt’s New Parliament

This 45-page report sets out nine areas of Egyptian law that the newly elected parliament must urgently reform if the law is to become an instrument that protects Egyptians’ rights rather than represses them. Egypt’s existing laws – the penal code, associations law, assembly law, and emergency law – limit public freedoms necessary for a democratic transition, challenge respect for the rule of law, and impede accountability for abuses by the police and the military.

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(Source: Human Rights Watch).

Justice for Serious Crimes before National Courts

Justice for Serious Crimes before National Courts

Justice for Serious Crimes before National Courts: Uganda’s International Crimes Division

This 29-page briefing paper provides a snapshot of progress from Uganda’s complementarity-related initiative: the International Crimes Division (ICD). The ICD is a division of the High Court with a mandate to prosecute genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, in addition to crimes such as terrorism. Based on research by Human Rights Watch in Uganda in September 2011, this briefing paper analyzes the ICD’s work to date, the obstacles it has encountered, and challenges both for the future work of the ICD and for national accountability efforts more broadly.

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(Source: Human Rights Watch).

“They Hunt Us Down for Fun”

“They Hunt Us Down for Fun”

“They Hunt Us Down for Fun”: Discrimination and Police Violence Against Transgender Women in Kuwait

This 63-page report documents the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and persecution that transgender women – individuals who are born male, but identify as female – have faced at the hands of police. The report also documents the discrimination that transgender women have faced on a daily basis – including by members of the public – as a result of the law, an amendment to penal code article 198. Based on interviews with 40 transgender women, as well as with ministry of interior officials, lawyers, doctors, and members of Kuwaiti civil society, the report found that the arbitrary, ill-defined provisions of the law has allowed for numerous abuses to take place.

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(Source: Human Rights Watch).