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Eighteen years ago, in February 2003, Human Rights Watch interviewed Angela P, who was 10 years old when the brutal armed group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) kidnapped her in northern Uganda. At age 15,  she was forced to become a “wife” to an LRA…
Dominic Ongwen at his confirmation of charges hearing in ICC courtroom I on 21 January 2016 © ICC-CPI.
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It was disappointing to read a recent article by a  senior police officer, Emilian Kayima, in The New Vision blaming women for being victims of sexual violence. Instead of taking on the men responsible for the violence and abuse, Kayima,  a former police…
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Repeated Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

(Nairobi) – Ugandan soldiers in the Central African Republic have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape, and threatened some victims to remain silent, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ugandan…
“Karin,” a 15-year-old girl in Obo who was eight months pregnant at the time of photo.
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Victim of Alleged Attack by AU Soldiers and Witnesses Harassed

(Nairobi) – Somali authorities should order a new, impartial, and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union (AU) soldiers. The case has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the female rape survivor and…
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A Somali woman who said she was raped by state security forces, a journalist who interviewed her, her husband, and two others who tried to assist her, have been charged with multiple crimes, including insulting a government body. They face a court hearing…
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The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines. How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp…
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“Even Dead Bodies Must Work” Health, Hard Labor, and Abuse in Ugandan Prisons Map: Prisons Visited by Human Rights Watch in Uganda Definitions and Acronyms Summary Key Recommendations …
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This week, different groups around the world are observing World AIDS Day and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 1 and 3 respectively. Rarely have the two been observed together. At least until this year. Events hosted at UN…
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Boys, Girls Among Hundreds Abducted Across Three Countries

(New York) - The UN Security Council should adopt a resolution or presidential statement supporting efforts to rein in the capacity of the Lord’s Resistance Army to attack civilians and to ensure justice for the most serious crimes committed during the…
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Credible Prosecutions for Most Serious Crimes Key to Durable Peace

(New York) - As the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) take the welcome step of resuming peace talks tomorrow, the negotiations must seek an outcome that also ensures fair and credible prosecutions for the most serious crimes in…
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Security Council to Issue Statement Welcoming Juba Talks

(New York) - In its upcoming presidential statement on the Juba peace talks, the United Nations Security Council should call on Uganda’s government, the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the international community to continue to work toward a peace…
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Turning a Blind Eye to Justice Undermines Durable Peace

(New York) - Genuine initiatives aimed at ending the devastating armed conflict in northern Uganda are welcome, but amnesties for war crimes and crimes against humanity must not be on offer, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 14 peace talks began…
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Conference Must Promote Rights-Based Response to HIV Pandemic

(Toronto) – Ongoing rights abuses are undermining efforts to fight the HIV pandemic and threatening the few, hard-won successes, Human Rights Watch said today, a month before the XVI International AIDS Conference opens in Toronto. "Twenty-five years into…
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Uprooted and Forgotten Impunity and Human Rights Abuses in Northern Uganda Glossary of Acronyms Summary Abbreviated Recommendations To the Government of Uganda To the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces To the Lord's Resistance Army…
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President Yoweri Museveni recently said the Domestic Relations Bill, which would bolster women's rights in the family and criminalize marital rape, is "not urgently needed." But what could be more urgent than stopping the brutal violence that puts women…
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Contested Bill Would Criminalize Marital Rape, Help Combat HIV/AIDS

Legislation on marital rape and equality in the family could save the lives of countless women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the speaker of Uganda's Parliament.   The letter urged the Ugandan parliament to debate the long-pending…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Court Needs to Investigate Crimes by All Sides in Northern Uganda’s Conflict

(New York) - In its investigation in Northern Uganda, the International Criminal Court must ensure protection for witnesses and victims. The court needs to investigate serious crimes committed by all sides to the conflict in order to ensure justice and…
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Chance for Impartial ICC Investigation into Serious Crimes a Welcome Step

(New York) - The prospect of an impartial investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into serious crimes committed in Uganda is a welcome development.   The ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, announced in London on January 29 that he would…