What is UAI?
United Against Inhumanity (UAI) is a growing global movement of individuals and groups outraged by the atrocities of war and by the policies that prevent people fleeing war from reaching safety.
What is UAI calling for?
UAI is calling for
- An end to indiscriminate, targeted and other deadly attacks that harm civilians.
- An end to the use of inhuman tactics in war.
- An end to the targeting of essential infrastructure.
- An end to systematic persecution, torture, sexual violence and other crimes against humanity.
- An end to the policies and practices that prevent people fleeing for their lives from reaching a place of refuge.
UAI therefore calls on:
- Warring parties to stop using brutal and inhuman strategies and tactics.
- States and international organisations to take concerted action to protect the rights of those forced to flee armed conflict.
- States and international organisations to make effective use of all available mechanisms to hold those accused of crimes against humanity to account.
What is UAI trying to achieve?
UAI’s overall vision is a world where governments, warring parties and their sponsors fulfil their responsibility to protect civilians from the horrors of war and forced displacement.
How will UAI try to achieve its aims?
By encouraging civil society to challenge warring parties, their sponsors, governments and international organisations through local, regional and international action.
UAI will support these efforts by:
Working with partners to produce knowledge by:
- Producing independently verified and credible documentation on the harms inflicted on civilians in war zones and as they seek asylum and refuge.
- Developing an Independent Humanitarian Watch (IHW) and an InHumanity Index to track and document patterns of inhumanity in war and forced displacement.
Working with others to mobilise for change by:
- Promoting a sense of collective responsibility across the world and partnering with individuals and civil society to stand united against the horrors of contemporary warfare.
- Challenging governments and international and regional organisations to fulfil their obligations.
- Exploring new ways to hold governments, warring parties, and others who support or tolerate persistent abuses to account.
- Supporting efforts to encourage warring parties to acknowledge the benefits of restraint.
Why is UAI needed? What is its added value?
UAI recognises and admires the tireless work of many international and local organisations that are striving to promote and protect human rights and adherence to international law. But, UAI plans to fill two significant gaps:
In contrast to human rights concerns, there is currently no independent entity dedicated to recording war-related atrocities and making this publicly available. With its Independent Humanitarian Watch (IHW) and Index, UAI plans to fill this gap.
For those individuals and groups around the world who are outraged by the atrocities being perpetrated with impunity against civilians, there is no dedicated international civil society network through which they can express their horror and mobilise for change. UAI will provide the channel for this action.
How is UAI organised?
The individuals and groups that champion UAI will be supported by a small Secretariat, reporting to an International Executive Committee and an Advisory Board of prominent civil society leaders. While UAI’s overall goal will remain consistent, programmes and activities may evolve in response to feedback from the UAI network.
Who is behind UAI?
UAI was initiated by a group of experienced humanitarian workers and academics
When was UAI launched?
UAI was formally launched at its inaugural General Assembly on 2 October 2018. This meeting was the result of several consultations and bilateral meetings organised since 2017 in Annecy, Bangkok, Beirut, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva, London, Maputo, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Phnom Penh, Rome, Washington DC, and Yangon.
How can you support UAI?
- Register your support by signing UAI’s Call to Action
- Tell your parliamentary representative or community leader that you support UAI and urge her/him to engage and take appropriate action.
- Meet with your friends or work colleagues and start a UAI support group.
- Make a donation to UAI. For details, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find out more! Email us at: email@example.com
If I make a donation, how will my contribution be used?
- Funds donated to UAI will be used:
- To support the growth of the UAI worldwide network
- To continue building UAI’s website
- To support the development of an Independent Humanitarian Watch
- To support campaigns promoting UAI’s objectives around the world.
Issued by UAI’s International Executive Committee on 15 October 2018.
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