Reparations for war-time sexual violence in northern Uganda
Principal Investegator: Dr. Erin Baines, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC
Partners: Ms. Beini Ye, REDRESS, UK; Ms. Evelyn Amony, WAN Uganda
Human rights reports have documented an increase in the rates of mass rape, abduction and forced marriage of girls and women by armed groups in wartime globally. UN Resolution 2106 (July 2013) condemns such violations, and UN Resolution 2122 (October 2013) insists on women’s active participation in prevention and response. In northern Uganda, thousands of girls and women who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) between 1987 and 2006 have since returned to their communities where they live in extreme poverty, have little to no access to justice and face social stigma. Often communities reject survivors and their children. This project will work in close collaboration with REDRESS and the Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) – a network of 900 survivors in northern Uganda – to explore the possibilities of reparations for survivors and their children.