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23 May 2002 No 15
UHRC to Revise Disarmament Review Meetings
New Vision (Kampala)
May 22, 2002
The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is to revamp the monthly joint civic and military review meetings started at the beginning of the disarmament exercise in Karamoja, reports Nathan Etengu.
Solomon Osiiya from the UHRC headquarters on Sunday 19th said the collapse of the monthly review meeting was partly responsible for the resumption of hostilities between the UPDF and the Karimojong warriors.
UHRC also convened monthly review meetings to share ideas on the success and challenges of the sensitisation programme.
Osiiya said the meetings had helped in building confidence between the UPDF and the civilian community.
He said the up-roar over the banning of indecent dressing would not have arisen if the joint civic-military consultative meetings had not collapsed.
Osiiya said the immediate task of the UHRC would be to target Kotido district where the UPDF have fought several battles with the warriors.
"We would like to supplement the work of the resident district commissioner and other civic leaders who managed to diffuse the situation in Moroto," Osiiya said.
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