Uganda: "Breaking God's commands": The destruction of childhood by the Lord's Resistance Army

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September 17, 1997

Uganda: "Breaking God's commands": The destruction of childhood by the Lord's Resistance Army

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  • honour its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Child and the Slavery Convention, by taking action to prevent human rights abuses, including the forcible abduction of children;
  • ensure that all non-governmental entities within the borders of Sudan over which the government has power, including the LRA, fully observe Article 3, common to all four Geneva Conventions;
  • allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to the Sudan, including access to LRA camps in the country;
  • cease providing arms, supplies and bases to the LRA until it has ceased abusing human rights;
  • cease joint military operations with the LRA involving child soldiers;
  • support measures to increase the protection of children from abuse in situations of armed conflict, including the draft optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child aimed at raising the minimum age of recruitment of soldiers.

To the Uganda Government

Under international law the state has the main responsibility to ensure the protection of human rights. While the LRA may be responsible for widespread human rights abuses in northern Uganda, violations by government forces are also taking place. The government is obliged under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to take positive steps to protect the human rights of children. To this end, the Uganda Government should: