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Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence Need Urgent Redress – ICTJ

Community members often blame Children born as a result of wartime sexual violence.They may call them pejorative names, such as Kony’s daughter, rebel child, and killer

President Museveni has called on Indian entrepreneurs and business executives to come and invest in the Ugandan economy saying it is much easier to do profitable business and become prosperous in Uganda than in India or many other countries.

He said prosperity could be done through trade and investment as a strategic goal for India to promote partnerships with Africa.

The President was Wednesday afternoon addressing the India-Africa Business Forum at the Le Meridien Hotel, no rx http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php New Delhi.

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President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

Museveni is in India on a four day working visit during which he will also address the 3rd India – Africa Forum Summit currently underway at the Indira Gandi Sports Complex.

President Museveni identified trade, http://chakraboosters.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-automatic-updater.php infrastructural development, http://cinsellikteperformans.com/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideset/layouts/dashboard.php tourism and collaboration in scientific cooperation and research as areas that can be exploited to create prosperity sustainably through production.

He said the first stimulus for prosperity is trade “because the producer, and the buyer mutually support each other.”

He however pointed out that whereas Uganda has been supporting the prosperity of India by buying Indian products, India has, over the years not reciprocated in equal measure, thus the trade imbalance between the two countries.

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi yesterday (3) (1)

Museveni urged Indian entrepreneurs to come and invest in Uganda

He explained that India’s exports to Uganda are worth US $1.6 billion, but only imports Uganda’s unprocessed coffee worth US $16 million only; thus creating unbalanced prosperity through trade.

He invited them to come and invest in the agricultural processing sector to add value to agricultural products for export.

He identified other areas as mineral processing, fresh water products, oil, gas and energy.

President Museveni called for “the elimination of trade barriers so that Uganda’s’ products such as textiles, tea and dairy products can gain access to the Indian market” but only blocked by consumer action.

He said, “It was trade not aid that leads to sustainable prosperity.”

He said other areas of interest are investment in infrastructural development and in tourism where Uganda is a much better tourist destination than most parts of the world, with permanent snow on the Equator all the year round.

The President had earlier met a number of investors who included those from the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Hinduja Group, and the Tata Group Chairman Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry who called on him at his hotel residence.

The meetings were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s High Commissioner to India Elizabeth Paula Napeyok and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union Mull Katende.
President Museveni has called on Indian entrepreneurs and business executives to come and invest in the Ugandan economy saying it is much easier to do profitable business and become prosperous in Uganda than in India or many other countries.

He said prosperity could be done through trade and investment as a strategic goal for India to promote partnerships with Africa.

The President was Wednesday afternoon addressing the India-Africa Business Forum at the Le Meridien Hotel, unhealthy http://cooperatition.org/wp-includes/class-wp-user-query.php New Delhi.

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi

Museveni is in India on a four day working visit during which he will also address the 3rd India – Africa Forum Summit currently underway at the Indira Gandi Sports Complex.

President Museveni identified trade, this web http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/http.php infrastructural development, http://checkhimout.ca/pep/wp-includes/embed-template.php tourism and collaboration in scientific cooperation and research as areas that can be exploited to create prosperity sustainably through production.

He said the first stimulus for prosperity is trade “because the producer, and the buyer mutually support each other.”

He however pointed out that whereas Uganda has been supporting the prosperity of India by buying Indian products, India has, over the years not reciprocated in equal measure, thus the trade imbalance between the two countries.

President Museveni addresses the India Africa Business forum in New Delhi yesterday (3) (1)

Museveni urged Indian entrepreneurs to come and invest in Uganda

He explained that India’s exports to Uganda are worth US $1.6 billion, but only imports Uganda’s unprocessed coffee worth US $16 million only; thus creating unbalanced prosperity through trade.

He invited them to come and invest in the agricultural processing sector to add value to agricultural products for export.

He identified other areas as mineral processing, fresh water products, oil, gas and energy.

President Museveni called for “the elimination of trade barriers so that Uganda’s’ products such as textiles, tea and dairy products can gain access to the Indian market” but only blocked by consumer action.

He said, “It was trade not aid that leads to sustainable prosperity.”

He said other areas of interest are investment in infrastructural development and in tourism where Uganda is a much better tourist destination than most parts of the world, with permanent snow on the Equator all the year round.

The President had earlier met a number of investors who included those from the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Hinduja Group, and the Tata Group Chairman Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry who called on him at his hotel residence.

The meetings were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s High Commissioner to India Elizabeth Paula Napeyok and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union Mull Katende.
Children born as a result of wartime sexual violence in northern Uganda and their mothers face continued and compounded violations of their rights and dignity, visit http://collegenotester.com/plugins/facebook/class.facebook.plugin.php says the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

According to ICTJ, http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-content/plugins/flash-album-gallery/admin/banner-box.php without urgent redress, they will continue on a path of marginalization, poverty, and further abuse.

The International Center for Transitional Justice works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse.

Violent conflict has plagued much of Uganda since its independence in 1962.

The most brutal has been the armed conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan Government.

The LRA has abducted an estimated 66,000 children and youth to serve as soldiers or sex slaves and targeted girls and women for sexual violence.

Government troops are also alleged to have committed serious crimes and human rights violations, including rape.

According to ICTJ, many girls and women have returned to their communities with children born as a result of rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, and forced pregnancy — becoming what are known locally as “child mothers” or former “bush wives.”

“The global response to wartime sexual violence has largely focused on criminalizing and punishing perpetrators of rape, but less attention has been paid to what happens to victims back in their communities and to the children they bore as a result of sexual violence,” Virginie Ladisch the head of ICTJ’s Children and Youth program said.

“In northern Uganda, these mothers and their children face significant challenges to returning to a dignified life,” she added.

A new ICTJ report, titled, “From Rejection to Redress: Overcoming Legacies of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Northern Uganda,” examines the situation facing children born of conflict-related sexual violence and their mothers in Uganda’s Acholi, Lango, Teso, and West Nile sub-regions.

It is based on 249 interviews conducted by ICTJ, including with the children themselves, their mothers, fathers, relatives, and neighbors as well as teachers, traditional leaders, religious leaders, and local government officials.

According to the report, because the initial violations against the mothers have gone unaddressed and unacknowledged, there has been a cascade of harms.

“Stigma and hardship have passed from mother to child, and sometimes even to grandchildren, in an intergenerational cycle of denial of rights and dignity, vulnerability, abuse, and marginalization,” the report reads in part.

“The challenges that the children born as a result of sexual violence and their mothers continue to face are overwhelming. They call for immediate action to address their plight,” Micheal Otim, ICTJ’s head of office in Uganda said.

One grandmother in Soroti shared, “My daughter returned home [with a baby] . . . Because of the baby the clan people rejected me . . . They asked why I had taken over the baby and not allowed it to die.”

Community members often blame the children and their mothers for the violations committed by armed groups against communities. They may call them pejorative names, such as “Kony’s daughter,” “rebel child,” “prostitute,” and “killer.”

One young mother from Lira who spoke with ICTJ explained, “I am a business person, but every time my customers are told that I returned from the bush they stay away from buying my things.”

While limited government programs for conflict victims do exist, there are none that take into account the specific challenges facing children born of conflict-related sexual violence and their mothers.

And existing programs are often difficult to access, particularly for children born of sexual violence and their mothers, because of a lack of public awareness, excessive paperwork requirements, and high rates of illiteracy among women.

To seek possible ways forward, ICTJ convening a high-level symposium in Kampala on October 28-29, 2015, to explore strategies and consider proposals for addressing the rights and needs of children born of conflict-related sexual violence and their mothers within existing government programs and policies.

The symposium provided an opportunity for policy makers and stakeholders to strategize and coordinate their response.

The ICTJ report calls on the Ugandan government to officially acknowledge the harms these victims have suffered and provide targeted redress, such as providing access to land to rejected and ostracized children, opening spaces for dialogue and truth telling in order to clarify how and why violations occurred, and passing the draft National Transitional Justice Policy.

“In order to provide meaningful redress to this vulnerable population and end the cycle of revictimization, the government of Uganda must establish truth and justice for the violations that occurred, and assume responsibility for its part in the initial violations against these mothers that continue to affect them and their children today,” Ladisch said.

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