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Impunity in the Great Lakes Region

JANUARY
24,
2006
7:00PM
EST

Impunity in the Great Lakes Region
Statement by Human Rights Watch prepared for the “Arria Formula” meeting
Human Rights Watch believes that limiting--and ultimately ending--the impunity for crimes like the mass slaughter of innocent civilians, the forced
displacement of populations along ethnic lines and the use of rape as a weapon of war is crucial to building respect for human rights and long term stability in
the Great Lakes region.
Human Rights Watch believes that limiting--and ultimately ending--the impunity for crimes like the mass slaughter of innocent civilians, the forced
displacement of populations along ethnic lines and the use of rape as a weapon of war is crucial to building respect for human rights and long term stability in
the region.
As experience has shown in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere, failure to ensure accountability for grave crimes has time and time again resulted in
outbreaks of violence from groups whose grievances have never been addressed. In Burundi the Hutu who received no justice for mass slaughter in 1972
joined all the more readily in attacking Tutsi in 1993 and after. When amnesty for serious crimes is offered in hope of ending hostilities, such offers rarely spur
combatants to put down their arms. In Uganda, despite the general amnesty for rebel forces in 2000, the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to engage in the
killing, torture and mutilation of civilians and abduction of children. The amnesty granted those in the conflict in Sierra Leone through the Lome Peace Accord
only sowed the seeds for further loss of life and destruction in that country.

https://www.hrw.org/print/229259

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