Ain’t no mountain high: Female Human Rights Defenders’ struggle

“Feminism – I don’t know why people get so freakin’ freaked out about it. Feminism to me merely means equality for men and women. It means I have every right to have my human… Continue reading

Complicit in war crimes? Western support to Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen

“I can’t explain it, really [ that Saudi Arabia was taken off the UN list of states who violate children’s rights in conflict]. I would have personally added not just Saudi Arabia but all… Continue reading

Driven to compromise? Yemen’s pending peace

“I think the conflict has reached a point where it’s too painful for everyone, including the Saudis. […] They have found out the hard way that air bombings are not going to resolve… Continue reading

Yemen’s Civil War: root causes and fault lines

“I’m not sure … the Saudis and their allies control 80 percent [of Yemen], had they done so we would have seen an end to this conflict a long time ago.” For War and Peace Talk,… Continue reading

Bringing it all back home: Lessons of the Vietnam War

“I honestly am calling for the reinstatement of the national draft in my country. [..] If a country decides to go to war, it has to have a nation-wide discussion and that doesn’t… Continue reading

License to kill & unstoppable at that: Jody Williams on Killer Robots and a stalling CCW

Are autonomous Killer Robots going to change the nature of modern warfare? Not if Jody Williams succeeds with her latest campaign. But the fight is tough: as governments are stalling by encouraging slow-working, low-aiming… Continue reading

Break it or make it? New approaches to fragile states

“We presume that as a peacebuilding community, what we need to be doing is engaging more politically and ensuring that our interventions are inclusive […]. This inclusive posture is actually conflict-inducing, and it’s… Continue reading

Reintegrating former-LRA combatants after the Amnesty Act

“The Amnesty [Act]’s major limitation was the reintegration component … As a disarmament tool [the Amnesty Act] was excellent.” How were former LRA-combatants reintegrated back into society after the Amnesty Act (2000)? Mr… Continue reading

Uganda’s Amnesty Act (2000): pragmatism or forgiveness?

“What is unique with the Amnesty Act (2000) is that it was demanded by the victims … who were frustrated with the government’s inability to protect them.” The Amnesty Act (2000) fits in… Continue reading

For development’s sake? Land grabbing and the Oromo community in Ethiopia

“The concern is that the government would simply claim this land and use it without providing any kind of compensation to the farmers and pastoralists who are currently using that land.” Ethiopia has… Continue reading

Uganda’s 2016 elections: Museveni’s repressive grab on power

“The real concerns here are about how the ruling party’s dominance is going to affect the electoral landscape. […] We have raised concerns about the impact on the media, of threats and harassment… Continue reading