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The AWA vision is working to end mass atrocities and impunity by building a safe and just Africa for all Africans.

Atrocities Watch Africa (AWA) is a non-partisan, civil society organization and institution registered in accordance with the laws of Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). AWA intends to provide continental leadership in matters pertaining to the prevention of mass atrocities within Africa through multi-pronged approaches that infuse ownership, legitimacy, and sustainable interface. AWA’s strategic and approaches are grounded in the realization that atrocities can be prevented through various interventions, including, but not limited to, early warning mechanisms, diplomatic efforts, use of social media and new technologies, litigation, and advocacy campaigns. These methods are not exhaustive but are available at Africa’s disposal. Regrettably, there have been recurring atrocities under our watch with little preventive interventions.

  • Advocacy before national, regional, and international mechanisms for remedial and preventive action on mass atrocities
  • Using new media and digital tracking of mass atrocities in Africa to help inform the AU Continental Early Warning System.
  • Documenting research on the genesis of mass atrocities in Africa, including conducting audits of domestic and regional mechanisms to deter, prevent, and punish
  • Developing and nurturing new and young advocates in Africa to champion the cause against the commission of atrocities and impunity

These objectives will be implemented and achieved by developing solid and sound institutional protocols and policies for an accountable, transparent, and ethical institution. AWA will use seamless operating units, on Advocacy, Research, Litigation and Publications, and Business Development, in order to maintain organization and efficiency in these efforts.

The AWA mission is predicated on fighting impunity, ending commission of crimes, and holding accountable those responsible for such violations in Africa. International justice in Africa has been more for elite conversations with limited interrogation of its efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency in addressing atrocities without being seen as victor’s justice. AWA intends to locate international justice in a realm of evolving continental approaches to atrocities and massive human rights violations, with the view of developing African capacities to handle such violations in the immediate future.