Attacks on walk-to-work campaign, Uganda – May 12, 2011

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Statement on the attack against the walk-to-work campaign in Uganda

The International Civil society Action Network – Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (ICAN-GNWP) strongly condemn the crack down on the peaceful walk-to-work campaign in Uganda that was initiated against high food and fuel prices last month. We denounce the government’s use of excessive force on those taking part in the protests and condemn its violent response to its citizens’ rights to freedom of expression.

The unrest in Uganda comes at a time when democratic revolutions are sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East. We demand that the Ugandan government refrain from the same use of violence inflicted upon civilians in other parts of the region.

We call upon the Government of Uganda to prioritize the well-being of its citizens; to provide food to local districts and communities that are facing hunger due to the extended drought; and to engage in dialogue with the campaign organizers. We further call upon the Government to take actiontowards reduction of high fuel prices; soaring food prices; rising unemployment; and other social injustices; and demand that it stop the persecution of political leaders immediately.

The Government of Uganda should, without delay, end the unjustified extremism, which threatens the peace and stability in Uganda, and investigate and prosecute those who have committed violence against humanity during the walk-to-work campaigns. We also urge the Government to speak with women’s organizations and build on the work of women in peacemaking and peacebuilding across the country.

Afghan Women’s Network

African Women’s Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change (AWANICh)

Center for Peace Education

Center for Women in Governance (CEWIGO)

Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE)

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Fountain – ISOKO

Impact for Change and Development (IMPACT)

International Fellowship of Reconciliation – Women Peacemakers Program (IFOR-WPP)

Isis International

Global Paretenership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas

Lira Women Peace Initiatives (LIWEPI)

Mothers for Active Non-Violence MOFAN-V

Observatorio Género Democracia y Derechos Humanos

PeaceWomen Across the Globe

Rural Women Women Peace Link

Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN)

Women Allies Peacebuilders Network (WAP)

Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL)

DATE:

Thursday, May 12, 2011