Orientation of Members of Parliament on Transitional Justice

On the 7th March 2017, Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University in collaboration with the Greater North Parliamentary Forum (GNPF) held an orientation seminar for Members of Parliament representing the greater North region of Uganda (Acholi, Bugisu, Bukedi, Bunyoro, Karamoja, Lango, Sebei, Teso and, West Nile sub regions).

This briefing note highlights key issues that emerged from the meeting.

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Ongwen's Justice Dilemma Part II - "Ongwen’s Confirmation of Charges Hearing: Implications and Way Forward?”

As part of the ICC Trial Monitoring, the Refugee Law Project conducted a series of victims’ consultations as well as dialogues with key stakeholders on the Ongwen’s Confirmation of Charges Hearing held from January 21st -27th to assess the implications of the hearing and the way forward.

This detailed report highlights the victims’ expectations, and key issues on justice raised by local stakeholders within northern Uganda, which are critical in understanding some of the justice dilemmas in the Ongwen’s case before the ICC.

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Forgiveness: Unveiling an Asset for Peacebuilding

The report, an outcome of a new study conducted in five districts of Uganda ie Luwero, Gulu, Amuria, Kasese and Yumbe, between January 2014 –April 2015 found that forgiveness if practiced in combination with other measures of justice like judicial accountability, truth telling, governance and reparations, carries great potential for building peace.

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ONGWEN’S JUSTICE DILEMMA: Perspectives from Northern Uganda

This report highlights a range of perspectives and questions raised by people in Uganda on the prospects for justice in relationship to the recent surrender and transfer of Dominic Ongwen - former LRA abductee turned rebel commander - to The Hague to await trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). For opinion leaders and the population within northern Uganda, Ongwen’s case raises dilemmas for the states and justice institutions involved, as well as for the conflict-affected communities

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Managing Solutions, Not Just Problems: The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

This report summarize dialogue sessions held in Soroti, Uganda on the need for a civil society platform in Uganda with regards to transitional justice and national reconciliation. Each report contains an overview of the discussions, key points by presenters, and ways forward toward a broad civil society coalition.
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'We Need a Culture of Truth': The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

This report summarize dialogue sessions held in Kasese, Uganda on the need for a civil society platform in Uganda with regards to transitional justice and national reconciliation. Each report contains an overview of the discussions, key points by presenters, and ways forward toward a broad civil society coalition.
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Is The PRDP Politics As Usual?: Update on The Implementation of Uganda’s Peace, Recovery and Development Plan

This report is based on six months of research conducted between May and October 2008. Thirty-five indi-vidual interviews were conducted with international donors, government officials and civil society representa-tives in Kampala, Gulu and Mbale districts. Additionally, observations were made at PRDP-related workshops, humanitarian agency meetings, internally displaced persons’ camps and transit sites. Finally, government documents, media articles and past PRDP research was reviewed. The findings of this study are based on preliminary analysis and are limited by the small number of respondents relative to the forty districts affected by the PRDP. More research is needed to test whether conclusions presented here accurately reflect circum-stances in areas where fieldwork was not conducted
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Conflict, Justice and Reconciliation in Teso: Obstacles and Opportunities

Given that Teso’s complex history of conflict—which includes the incursion of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) beginning in 2003 constitutes an important
part of Uganda’s national legacy of unaddressed con-flicts, this briefing paper focuses on the potential of traditional justice in the Teso region. It thereby aims to make a contribution to the Beyond Juba Project’s wider objective of building consensus on sustainable peace in Uganda as a whole.
The briefing paper is based on the preliminary findings of research conducted between 10 and 28 August 2008.
It is important to note that these findings are preliminary and more complex conclusions may be revealed as further analysis and research allows. A total of 32 interviews and 7 focus group discussions were conducted throughout the districts of Amuria, Katakwi, Kumi, Pallisa and Soroti in the Teso sub-region of Uganda.
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RLP Special Bulletins on Urban Internaly Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Perhaps because many urban-based IDPs settle in slum areas, where they tend to blend in with the existing population, they are often per-ceived, even by some officials in humanitarian agencies, as a population less deserving of serious at-tention than their fellow citizens living in camps. Some humanitarian workers even claim that these people are nothing more than economic migrants, despite their unique history and circumstances.

  1. Gov’t Stalls Urban IDP Profiling; October 2008. Buletin # 3
  2. Resettlement Assistance Too Little, Urban IDPs Say; July 2008. Buletin # 2
  3. Uganda’s Urban IDPs Risk Being Left Out Of Government’s Return Plans. March. 2008. Buletin # 1

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