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2004 | Refugee Law Project, Causes, Consequences and the Search for Solutions to the War in Northern Uganda

This report by Refugee Law Project was written when the conflict in northern Uganda between the LRA and the GoU was still ongoing and the Juba Peace Talks had not yet started. The report challenges the stereotypical view on the conflict in northern Uganda with the LRA as a maurauding band of rebels without a cause and instead traces the conflict back to what was initially rooted in a popular rebellion in a wider context of instability and injustice. It examines the structural causes, the ongoing dynamics and the horrific consequences of the conflict. It also points at multiple actors – not only the LRA – as carrying responsibility for human rights violations. 

While other reports in this section offer more details on the human rights violations that occurred during the course conflict in Uganda and the consequent need for reparations, this report provides essential reading to understand the structural causes of violence, rebellion and conflict in Uganda and helps to think about long-term political and social solutions. As this understanding often still lacks in policy discussions today, this continues to be relevant.