This report was researched in northern Uganda (and Kampala) from January 23 to February 11, 2003 by Annette Weber, consultant to the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, Jo Becker, advocacy director for the Children's Rights Division, and Tony Tate, researcher for the Children's Rights Division, and by Jemera Rone, counsel for the Africa Division, who visited Kampala in June 2003. The report was written by Annette Weber and Jemera Rone, with sections relating to children written by Jo Becker and Tony Tate. The report was edited by Jemera Rone. Iain Levine, program director, and Joseph Saunders, deputy program director, also edited the report. Production and coordination assistance was provided by Jeff Scott and Colin Relihan, associates for the Africa Division, and Patrick Minges, director of publications.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank all of the victims and witnesses of human rights abuses who spoke with us in our research. Human Rights Watch interviewed victims of violations by Ugandan governmental military and paramilitary groups, relatives of victims of unlawful killings by a paramilitary group, and more than twenty former LRA abductees.1 Human Rights Watch talked to local and national Ugandan authorities, and local and national Ugandan human rights organizations. We held meetings with army representatives, police and prison representatives, and members of the judiciary. We also met with Ugandan and international nongovernmental organizations, humanitarian agencies, church leaders, parliamentarians, and journalists.
We gratefully acknowledge the support and invaluable assistance of the directors and staff at World Vision Children of War and the Gulu Save Our Children (GUSCO) rehabilitation centers. We would also like to thank the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), Concerned Parents Association, Justice and Peace Commission of the Church of Uganda, Gulu Archdiocese, and Save the Children (Denmark and Norway).
Support, guidance and cooperation for this mission were provided by the Peace and Human Rights Center of Makerere University, Kampala (HURIPEC), Human Rights Focus, Gulu, Uganda (HURIFO),and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. This project on human rights abuses in northern Uganda is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. We also acknowledge with appreciation the Oak Foundation and the Independence Foundation, which support our work on children's rights.
1 All names of children have been changed to protect their privacy. The names of adults who requested anonymity have been changed also.