"The Committee urges that the State party address the phenomena of night commuters and takes all necessary measures to protect to the maximum extent possible children against the risk of abduction by LRA and other armed forces. In addition, the Committee recommends that the State party strengthen its support to the night commuter’s shelters."
Uganda ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict in 2002.
As the international community prepares to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1988, Amnesty International calls upon the government of Uganda to protect and promote the human rights of children in northern Uganda.
"The idea of childhood as a protected time of healthy growth has been effectively obliterated in northern Uganda."(3)
The State of the World’s Children 2005, UNICEF Report
WRITE TO THE UGANDA GOVERNMENT CALLING ON IT TO:
- Uphold Uganda’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and implement without delay the recommendations made to the government of Uganda by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child;
- support the work of night commuter shelters and the development of community-orientated support services;
- develop and support measures in northern Uganda to prevent the abduction of children; rescue those who are still abducted and rehabilitate those who have been abducted, as well as their families and communities;
- facilitate and support the work of national and international organizations providing humanitarian assistance in the conflict-affected areas of northern Uganda.
►Please send your appeals to:
The President of the Republic of Uganda:
His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda
Office of the President
PO Box 7168
Fax: +256 41 346 102
Salutation: Your Excellency
Please raise Amnesty International’s concerns with your own government.
More information on the human rights situation in Uganda can be obtained on Amnesty International’s website: http://web.amnesty.org
18 November 2005
AI Index: AFR 59/013/2005
(1) Page 49. The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF Report, 2005.
(2) Page 3, Northern Uganda UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report – October 2005
(3) Page 50, The State of the World’s Children 2005, UNICEF Report 2005