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First published in FREEMOVEMENT

Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Conducts Massive Child Abduction Campaign
The LRA continues its horrific campaign to replenish its ranks by brutally tearing children from their villages and forcing them to fight. The evidence points to Joseph Kony, the LRA leader, as the author of this atrocious campaign. LRA has abducted more than 697 adults and children in a largely unreported campaign in the Central African Republic and the neighboring Bas Uele district of northern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 18 months. Nearly one-third of those abducted have been children, many of whom are being forced to serve as soldiers or are being used for sex by the group’s fighters
Full article: Human Rights Watch, August 11, 2010
AIRE Centre, ILPA and MRN are keen to hear from homeless European nationals who were served with minded to remove letters from UKBA under the new pilot project

The pilot sees the UKBA issue letters advising homeless EU nationals to go to the police station to prove they are working, in education or self-sufficient. If they fail to provide proof, they can be forced to leave the UK. ILPA, AIRE Centre and MRN have published two advice notes outlining why this scheme of coercive expulsion could be potentially unlawful.

Immigration staff have handed out 116 ‘minded to remove’ letters to people from eastern and central European countries. Forty letters have been issued advising people they must leave the country.

If you know of any cases, please contact the MRN office directly at or give us a call on 020 7920 6424.
Migrant Rights Network
Sri Lanka: US Report Shows No Progress on Accountability

One Inquiry ‘Ineffective,’ a Second Raises Concerns

 – A US State Department report released on August 11, 2010, shows that Sri Lanka has not yet conducted an effective investigation into laws-of-war violations by government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final months of the war that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch. The report states that one post-war government inquiry was “ineffective” and that a second inquiry, just under way, raises concerns about its mandate and composition.
“The US State Department report shows that nearly 15 months after the war, the Sri Lankan government has accomplished nothing for the victims of war crimes.

The State Department report concludes that the “Group of Eminent Persons,” a committee created to examine more than 300 alleged laws-of-war violations detailed in an October 2009 US State Department report, was “ineffective” and “did not produce any discernible results.”
Full article: Human Rights Watch, August 11, 2010

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