'We Need a Culture of Truth': The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

This report summarize dialogue sessions held in Kasese, Uganda on the need for a civil society platform in Uganda with regards to transitional justice and national reconciliation. Each report contains an overview of the discussions, key points by presenters, and ways forward toward a broad civil society coalition.
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The Brunt of Forceful Evictions in Post Conflict Societies: A case Documentation of Apaa Village, Amuru District

ACCS Project activity brief. This report discusses the implications and dynamics that the eviction exercises had within the lenses of conflict, governance, recovery and transition in post conflict society. It also suggests that there is need for concrete involvement of the state to resolve the dispute in Apaa in the most transparent and satisfactory manner. Lastly, the report is a representation of materials and data collected from various resourceful persons in Apaa in the year 2012 while focusing on key conflict issues, errors, and early warnings.
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Contextualising Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) In Post-Conflict Environment: "A Case Documentation of Paimol Sub County in Agago District"

ACCS Project newsletter. Gender violence is one of the numerous development challenges in post conflict societies and this manifests in form of rape, defilement, early marriage, wife battering, denial of rights and property grabbing among others. This is a case documentation of Paimol Sub County. The report contextualizes the realities, causes, effects, challenges and community recommendations to ending violence in Paimol; it also acknowledges that SGBV affects house hold development and post conflict recovery.
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Need to Know Guidance on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Forced Displacement

Need to Know Guidance on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Forced DisplacementRefugee men and boys can be subjected to sexual and gender‑based violence (SGBV). Survivors have specific health, psychosocial, legal, and safety needs, but often find it hard to discuss their experience and access the support they need. It is important that UNHCR and its partners take steps to address these difficulties. The objectives of this note are to emphasise that programmes on sexual and gender‑based violence need to include men and boys, and to provide guidance on how to access survivors, facilitate reporting, provide protection and deliver essential medical, legal and social services.
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Thrown Along the Way: Community Perspectives on Conflict Drivers in the Implementation of the Peace and Recovery Development Plan (PRDP) for Northern Uganda

ACCS Project activity brief. This report highlights peculiar issues, prospects and challenges to post conflict recovery in the northern region that, if not taken care of, could cause a setback to post-conflict development and peace recovery. These include, resource based conflict, social and physical insecurity including conflicts in neighboring Congo and Southern Sudan, border control/smuggling and immigration issues leading to forced migration especially from Congo and Southern Sudan into Uganda.
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Gender Realities: Assessing Attitudes, Definitions, Values and Perceptions of Gender Based Violence in Kotido District

Karamoja remains one of the mysteries of Uganda, a zone which few fellow citizens reach, and where few travelers venture. It is an area, an economy and a culture which for many outsiders is captured in a few simplistic terms; “cattle raiders”, “warriors”, and “courtship rape”. All three suggest violence, disregard for fellow human beings, and in particular for women. In exploring these questions for the purposes of designing more context relevant and appropriate responses to SGBV, this report sheds considerable light on gender dynamics among the Jie in Kotido district, and thus offers an important contribution to our understanding of these issues not just in that particular community, but also in agro-pastoralist communities in the wider region.
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"Transitional Justice for the Region or the Nation?": Views from CSO Leaders at the National Validation Workshop for the NRTJ Audit

ACCS) Project newsletter. By casting the Transitional Justice debate as a national project, the NRTJ Audit validation workshop raises the question of how post-conflict recovery in northern Uganda might be affected by or benefit from experiences and actors in other regions. This newsletter summarizes important cross-cutting conflict and TJ issues that were identified during the validation workshop, and also presents the emerging call for solidarity among CSOs working on national TJ issues. The final section analyses the implications of these findings for recovery in northern Uganda.
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Situation Report: Is It Oil, Land Or Investment Triggering Increasing Land Dispute In Lakang Village Of Amuru District?

ACCS Project situation report. The land conflict in Lakang largely remains unresolved and has potentials of escalating into violence. Key finding is that the scenario in Lakang is unique and has been described by two major secrets. First is that, Government institutions is being used to grab land under the pretext that the land in question is a game reserve. The second secret is that, the disputed area potentially has mineral resource wealth - and to reduce cost of compensating the locals, it is better done through a single entity. What still remain unattended to is that nobody is willing to tell the truth.
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Certificates of Customary Ownership: A Roundtable Discussion on Perceptions, Implications, and Challenges With Stakeholders from Acholi Sub-region

ACCS Project newsletter. This Conflict Watch presents views from various stakeholders on the controversial initiative to issue Certificates of Customary Ownership to landowners in the Acholi Sub-region. A major highlight of this Roundtable Discussion was the opportunity to hear from experts on the legal, economic, political, social and cultural implications of CCOs. Participants raised many concerns triggered by this measure and also suggested possible action steps, which are summarized in this newsletter.
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