Welcome to the APPG on the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Welcome to the website of The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This is a political website, but not party political: all members are passionate about the development of a region so vital to the future of Africa. Most people agree that the UK government is doing a good job on development, but people across the spectrum feel equally strongly about the desperate need for progress in the Great Lakes region. There’s a lot parliamentarians can do to keep pressing for more resources and more development assistance, but also for increased political goodwill towards implementation of key reforms. We try to do that by producing our own reports on the region, by convening working groups, by flagging up latest developments, by lobbying ministers.

The Great Lakes Region is the heart of Africa and potentially its driving force. But it has been wracked by years of conflict. In 1994, the Rwandan genocide shocked the international community, which did little effective to stop it. Since then, the region has seen wars ranging from the long-running conflict in Burundi to the devastating rebellion of the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda. More than 5 million people have died as a result of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the most devastating war since the Second World War, and one that few people in the rest of the world know of. Now, after almost 20 years of remarkable economic reconstruction in Rwanda, after diversely credible elections across the four countries, hope across the region for a brighter future still needs all the support it can get.

On this site you will find information and update on discussions and debates about the big issues facing the region.

Humanitarian Intervention

 

Kirsten Hagon on the far right.
Kirsten Hagon
This paper has been prepared by Kirsten Hagon, a Research Associate of the APPG. Kirsten is a Solicitor and graduate of the universities on Bond and Cambridge. She was Youth Representative of Australia to the UN General Assembly, and is a specialist in international law.

 

The paper provides an outline of international law governing the use of force as well as some of the legal and moral arguments for and against humanitarian intervention. It discusses options for humanitarian intervention in accordance with international law and suggests some possible parameters for action.

The paper was prepared for Members of Parliament and of the House of Lords who attended the APPG's meeting on intervention: A responsibility to protect? The future rules on intervention. It will also be of interest to anyone interested in learning more about the rules governing intervention and the main issues that frame the debate.

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Burundi

Rwanda

DRC

  • BUKAVU 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province.

IRIN Great Lakes

  • BUJUMBURA 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Budget cuts and bureaucracy have been blamed for blood shortages which have claimed several lives in Burundi and led to calls for an overhaul of the transfusion system.

Uganda

  • MELBOURNE 28 August 2014 (IRIN) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

IRIN Africa

  • NAIROBI, 1 September 2014 (IRIN) - Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya's top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country's northeast.