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Seeking Safety in Uganda

By guest

On December 16 last year, refugees began to flood across the border from South Sudan into Uganda as a result of an outbreak of violence in their country of origin. In the past two months the number of new arrivals has grown to roughly 66,000. They are being hosted in three areas: Adjumani, Arua, and Kiryandongo.

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Le spectre des Noëls passés : Protéger les civils de la LRA

Résumé

A la veille de Noël 2008 et pendant les trois semaines qui ont suivi, 865 hommes, femmes et enfants furent sauvagement battus à mort et des centaines d'autres enlevés par l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (connue sous son sigle anglais : la LRA) dans un coin reculé du nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et au Sud Soudan. L'attaque était une action de représailles contre l'opération « Eclair de Tonnerre », une offensive militaire lancée contre la LRA quelque 10 jours plus tôt par l'Ouganda, la RDC et le Sud Soudan. Moins d'une année

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Ghosts of Christmas Past - Protecting Civilians from the LRA

Summary

On Christmas Eve 2008 and over the following three weeks, 865 women, men and children were savagely beaten to death and hundreds more abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in a remote corner in the north-east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in southern Sudan. The attack was a murderous backlash in response to Operation "Lightning Thunder", a military offensive launched some 10 days before against the LRA by Uganda, DRC and southern Sudan. Less than a year later, between 14 and 17 December 2009, LRA commanders oversaw the killing of more than

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President Obama: Rapid Action Needed on Central Africa Violence

(Washington, November 24, 2010) - President Barack Obama should move swiftly to implement a strategy released on November 24, 2010, to stop atrocities committed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and help affected communities rebuild, a coalition of seven human rights groups said today. The rebel group has carried out one of the world's longest-running and most brutal insurgencies.

"President Obama's team has done an admirable job in formulating a strategy and demonstrating commitment to address the LRA scourge, but the challenge now is to turn this piece

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DR Congo: Managing the Transition

Discussions about the future of peacekeeping in the DR Congo and the modalities of withdrawal are happening while the east of the country remains steeped in conflict. Joint efforts by the UN stabilization mission and the Congolese Government to map remaining challenges have been rushed and incoherent. Assessment methodology was designed without reference to key actors, both inside and outside the mission. As the UN Security Council begins discussing the withdrawal of MONUSCO (formerly MONUC) forces, the assessment planning process must be made more consistent,
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RD Congo: Gérer la Transition

Alors que l'on entame les débats sur l'avenir des opérations de maintien de la paix en RD Congo et les modalités de retrait de la mission, l'est du pays est toujours embourbé dans le conflit. Les initiatives conjointes de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation et du gouvernement congolais visant à dresser le bilan des défis encore à relever ont été précipitées et incohérentes. La méthodologie d'évaluation a été développée sans prendre en compte les acteurs clés internes et externes à la mission. Alors que les discussions sur le retrait des forces de la
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Regional instability leaves no room for refuge

By Limnyuy Konglim

The conflicts in central and eastern Africa are so intertwined that I sometimes confuse myself when taking in my daily dose of displacement and humanitarian news. For example, this week, MINURCAT, the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad, deployed peacekeepers to a town in northeast CAR to protect Sudanese refugees from a Central African rebel group. Similarly Uganda's national army has been allowed to operate in the CAR, Sudan, and DRC in an effort to track down the Ugandan-bred Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel

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Northern Uganda: Seizing this moment of peace

Since the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, refused to sign the Final Peace Agreement last fall, the international community has been debating the best way to bring an end to the decades-long violence by the LRA. However, while the focus has been on whether or not to pursue a military strategy, the crucial need for redevelopment in northern Uganda has slipped to the wayside. The Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009 , which was introduced in Congress this past May, lays a good foundation
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Uganda + 3 others
US: Pass bill to protect Ugandan civilians

(Washington, DC, May 21, 2009) - The introduction of legislation in the US Senate and House of Representatives earlier this week to commit the United States to comprehensive efforts to help civilians threatened by one of the world's longest-running and brutal insurgencies is a crucial step forward for US policy in the region, a coalition of 22 human rights, humanitarian, and faith-based groups said today.

If passed, the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act would require the Obama Administration

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Etats-Unis : Le Congrès devrait adopter un projet de loi visant à protéger les civils

L'adoption de la loi permettrait d'aider les victimes de l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur

(Washington, DC) - Le nouveau projet de loi présenté devant le Congrès américain et visant un renforcement des efforts pour aider les civils menacés par l'une des insurrections les plus longues et les plus brutales au monde constitue une avancée cruciale pour la politique américaine dans la région, a déclaré aujourd'hui une coalition de vingt-deux associations des droits humains, humanitaires et basées sur la foi.

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Rwanda + 2 others
Rwanda: Returning refugees need more than comforting words

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 16:28 During the 1994 mass migration of Rwandan refugees into the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, what many people didn't realize was that there was also an influx of Rwandan refugees into Uganda. This week, fifteen years after the earth shattering Rwandan genocide, 20,000 refugees are finally returning home. Even though this is an important step towards the full restoration of a severely fractured society, one cannot help but wonder why has it taken so long?

The return and reintegration of refugees

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Sudan + 4 others
Sudan: UNMIS must be more proactive in protecting civilians

Policy recommendations

- The UN Secretariat must conduct a broad review of the UNMIS military and civilian protection role, emphasize the need for UNMIS to take a more proactive stance towards protecting civilians, and provide guidance to military peacekeepers on protection tasks.

- DPKO must renegotiate agreements with troop-contributing countries to include a civilian protection role.

- UNMIS senior leadership must bring together all agencies --- its own units, UN agencies, and NGOs --- involved in protection activities in the north, the contested areas, and the south

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Northern Uganda: International support for Sudanese refugees still required

To promote peace and stability in the region, donors should provide increased funding to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) so that Sudanese refugees who wish to return home from Uganda can do so safely, voluntarily, and in dignity. Assistance will also be needed for those who wish to integrate locally. At the same time, the threat of new violence in south Sudan requires ongoing space for refugees to seek asylum in Uganda. This will be enhanced by ensuring that former refugee settlement areas are rehabilitated and handed over to the local authorities in good condition.
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Northern Uganda: Give displaced people real options

Peace negotiations over the past two years between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have produced tangible gains for the north which must not be lost. Despite the fact that LRA leader Joseph Kony has not signed the Final Peace Agreement, improved security has meant that many internally displaced people (IDPs) can now access their farm land and begin rebuilding their homes. The situation remains fragile, however, and many of the displaced keep a foot in two places - one in the original camp or transit site and one in their home
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Northern Uganda: Key facts on supporting recovery of the North, 22 Jul 2008

A funding gap is opening up for northern Uganda. During the height of the crisis in the north, humanitarian funds were available relatively quickly. Donors are now reducing humanitarian funding, but recovery and development funds are taking too long to arrive. The majority of humanitarian funding in northern Uganda has been provided via the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP). The 2008 CAP, which includes some recovery activities, is only about 45% funded as compared to the 2007 CAP which was funded at 71%. Donors have objected to funding recovery activities
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Northern Uganda: Key facts on strengthening local protection mechanisms, 22 Jul 2008

International donors must support the Government of Uganda to revitalize protection structures at the local level, particularly the Community Development Officers (CDOs), who need to have a stronger presence in every sub-county. As international organizations transition away from humanitarian assistance in the north, CDOs are well-placed to take over leadership on services related to gender-based violence (GBV), children, and other vulnerable groups. UNICEF has given logistical support to the CDOs in northern Uganda, but many are overstretched and they still
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Northern Uganda: Key facts on ensuring the voluntariness of returns, 22 Jul 2008

UNHCR must take a strong stance in opposing any move by the Government of Uganda towards forced returns. The Government of Uganda has produced camp phase-out guidelines, the contents of which have caused major concerns with regard to the voluntariness of the returns process. The Guiding Principles on International Displacement, which the Government of Uganda has recognized, affirm that all returns should be voluntary and that the displaced have the right to resettle in areas outside of their home land. In this context, UNHCR needs to be much more proactive
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Sudan + 1 other
Northern Uganda: Mission to assess protection and assistance of IDPs and south Sudanese refugees

Refugees International has returned to northern Uganda this summer for its sixth mission since 2002. Our advocates, Melanie Teff and Camilla Olson, are travelling from mid-June to July to focus on humanitarian assistance, protection and durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs), with an emphasis on the specific needs of women and children.

Over the last two decades, conflict and instability have created massive displacement in northern Uganda. Two years ago, the region began making greater strides toward peace when it began

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Sudan + 2 others
South Sudan case study: Eastern Equatoria

The plans to return large numbers of refugees from Uganda and Kenya to Eastern Equatoria State and to move large numbers of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from this state to Jonglei State in early 2008 exemplify the complexity of the returns operations still taking place in southern Sudan. In 2008 it is estimated that almost half a million Sudanese will return to the South. Of those, international agencies are planning to assist the returns of some 164,500. The reintegration of these people must be a policy priority for the Government of Southern Sudan
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Uganda: Challenges of peace and justice

Lasting peace for northern Uganda, which has been plagued by conflict and displacement for twenty-one years, seems almost within reach. But what to do about the International Criminal Court's (ICC) indictments issued against top leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) remains a thorny question, with the potential to derail the peace effort. Rebel leaders state that they cannot sign an agreement unless the ICC indictments are dropped. Lifting the indictments, however, poses serious concerns about the integrity of international justice. To break