A training of Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] officers has started on how to investigate and document sexual violence in conflict areas.
The training that has started with UPDF spokespersons is currently taking place at Royal suites Hotel in Bugolobi Kampala and will later be spread to all UPDF units in Uganda and outside Uganda.
The Refugee law Project an outreach of the School of Law Makerere University has partnered with UPDF to carry out the training specifically focusing on the second edition of the International protocol on documentation and investigation of sexual Violence in conflict with funding from the British council.
The training which was opened by the Ministry of Defense and UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire aims at equipping UPDF soldiers and ministry of Defense civilian staffs with skills in providing quality and response services to victims and survivors of sexual violence such as refugees, asylum seekers, deportees, unaccompanied minors and internally displaced persons.
Brig. Karemire described the training as timely since Uganda as an Island of peace has attracted multitudes of refugees, most especially women and children from South Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia, DRC, and Eretria among others.
He commended the Refugee Law Project (RLP) for identifying and filling the gap and implored participants to develop a culture of zero tolerance to sex violence in conflict areas.