Our current focus:
Getting the Acid Attacks Prohibition and Prevention Bill (Uganda) signed in to law! Sign our petition on change.org!
RISE is currently working with End Acid Violence Uganda and law faculty and students from John Ssentamu Institute at Uganda Christian University to ensure that there are strict laws regulating the use of acid as a weapon of violence in Uganda. Arnold Agaba, faculty at Uganda Christian University, has led a team of students and faculty to draft the Acid Attacks Prohibition and Prevention Bill. This team is also conducting research to compile statistics on the prevalence of acid violence in Uganda and how current laws regulating toxic chemicals have failed to ensure justice for victims of acid attacks. This information, along with our petition on change.org, will be submitted to parliament. YOUR SIGNATURE on the petition will help ensure this bill is passed!
Not sure your signature will really make a difference? IT DOES. Parliamentarians pay attention to this! Read more about the role of change.org petitions are influencing legislative change in the UK.
More on the Ugandan bill: The lack of a bill specifically geared toward acid violence has led to multiple injustices, in which perpetrators walk away without prison time, and survivors are left not only without justice but also with medical needs that they and their families are obligated to pay for. With our proposed bill, perpetrators, and anyone who abets in the attack, will be held accountable. In addition, perpetrators will be obligated to pay for the survivors’ medical needs. Research in other countries with high rates of acid violence, indicates that comprehensive legislation is the most effective way to reduce acid attacks.
RISE’s partnership with the John Ssentamu Institute at Uganda Christian University was formed through connections via the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law and Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.
Hear Julie, Ritah, and Reenah explain the need for the Acid Attacks Prohibition and Prevention Bill