Uganda: 1. Information on the National Resistance Army; 2. Situation of Arabs in Uganda, specifically from a Yemen background
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 January 1990|
|Citation / Document Symbol||UGA3554|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uganda: 1. Information on the National Resistance Army; 2. Situation of Arabs in Uganda, specifically from a Yemen background, 1 January 1990, UGA3554, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab2b3c.html [accessed 26 November 2014]|
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1. In 1986, President Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) took power. The armed wing of the NRM is the National Resistance Army (NRA). The attached information describes some of the acts committed by the NRA in the conduct of counter-insurgency campaigns. There are many allegations of the destruction of foodcrops and the intentional displacement of civilian populations during Army operations. [ Alan Rake, "Museveni Must Act", New African, November 1989, p. 27.] In addition, Amnesty International has gathered information on torture and illegal detentions carried out by the NRA, and a copy of its most recent in-depth report on Uganda is attached. A former Major of the National Resistance Army High Command, and member of the National Resistance Council discusses the reasons for his defection from the NRA in an article entitled "Kolo's Conversion". Specifically, he cites "Incidents of rape, looting, slashing of food crops, razing of homes and food stores, theft of livestock [that] has been going on unabated at the hands of the troops of the NRA". [ "Kolo's Conversion", New African, November 1989, p. 22.]
Please refer to the following attachments for a more comprehensive discussion of the NRA:
- Alan Rake, "Museveni Must Act", New African, November 1989;
- "Kolo's Conversion", New African, November 1989;
- "Uganda Insoluble", The Economist, 8 July 1989;
- Teso Newsletter, Autumn 1989, Issue # 2;
- "Ouganda: Offensive", Libération, 15 Juin 1989;
- Amnesty International, Uganda: The Human Rights Record 1986-1989, New York: Amnesty International USA, March 1989.
2. No information pertaining to the treatment of Yemeni Arabs in Uganda is currently available to the IRBDC. However, a former response regarding the treatment of Arabs and Muslims in the country is attached for your information, # 1941.