30 April 2022
We are all struggling to comprehend the implications of recent events for the world. We witness senseless deaths and destruction not only in Ukraine, but in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria, and so many other countries. Inflation is fuelling food shortages and hunger.
At UAI, we are maintaining our focus on calling out cruelty and inhumanity and demanding that our leaders demonstrate compassion rather than brutality.
This month, we publish our second statement on Ukraine (see below for link).
The latest statement on Ukraine calls, of course, for an end to the fighting, but also for meticulous work to gather evidence for future prosecutions for war crimes. We publish a new blog, by Eleftheria Kousta, entitled ‘Authoritarians are going to war, are we doing enough to hold them accountable?’
It looks at the challenges facing those intent on holding perpetrators of war crimes from authoritarian states to account.
We welcome the generosity of European nations and communities towards the 5 million refugees from Ukraine and call on the same states to show similar generosity to other refugees.
As the UK government announces its extraordinary and illegal deal with Rwanda to outsource Britain’s responsibilities under the UN Convention on Refugees, we publish an important new article by Dr Jeff Crisp that explains the history of such deals, known as ‘externalisation’. Crisp unmasks the cruelty and inhumanity of such policies, which only serve to drive desperate people to even more desperate measures.
While our attention is inevitably drawn to Ukraine, we urge our supporters not to forget the plight of civilian victims of atrocities in so many other countries.
Our new website!
In a few days time, UAI will launch a new website, with features making it easier to navigate, to find what you are looking for, to sign up for this newsletter and to get in touch with us. Keep an eye open for the great event, and let us know what you think.
We are extremely grateful for your encouragement and support.
The UAI team