Mukura Massacre Report Launch, May 2011

From May 10-11, JRP launched its latest report, The Mukura Massacre of 1989, in Kumi town and Mukura trading centre, respectively.

On July 11, 1989, the 106th battalion of the National Resistance Army (NRA) allegedly rounded up 300 men from Mukura, a small village in eastern Uganda, and surrounding areas, and incarcerated some of them in train wagon number C521083. These men were suspected of being rebel collaborators against the NRA regime, but there is little evidence to suggest that most of them were anything other than innocent civilians. Trapped in the crowded train wagon, trying not to trample on one another, the men struggled to breathe, and by the time they were released, after more than four hours, sixty-nine of them had suffocated to death.

Twenty-two years later, JRP reconstructs an account of what took place using narratives from survivors, in order to bring the concerns of victims to the attention of the Government of Uganda and other stakeholders. This report aims to improve the implementation of future post-conflict transitional justice (TJ) initiatives in Uganda and elsewhere through analysis and recommendations for victims’ involvement in TJ processes.

To download the report, click here.