Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 14:38
By Dr. Mark A. Drumbl
It is easy to assume that only ‘evil’ people commit atrocity. And it’s equally easy to imagine all victims as ‘good’ or ‘innocent’. But the reality is far more complex. These binaries and antipodes don’t fit well. Many perpetrators, after all, are tragic -- they may begin as victims. Some victims survive – and some even thrive – because of harm they inflict upon others. The persecuted may become persecutors.
In recent writing, I explore how to approach the pain that victims inflict upon others. When...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:16
A study by the international NGO Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF) in northern Uganda reinforced the importance of placing victims at the centre of any discussions regarding the establishment and implementation of a national reparations programme. Victims of mass atrocities explained what kind of reparations is needed by those who had suffered from the more than twenty-year insurgence by the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and what their priorities are.
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:57
By Lino Owor Ogora
Uganda is currently the focus of two international criminal trials: that of Thomas Kwoyelo before the International Crimes Division (ICD) in Uganda, and Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands. Both Kwoyelo and Ongwen are charged with committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in northern Uganda while in the service of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). This has inevitably stirred debate in Uganda regarding which of the two courts is more effective, and shaped...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:06
What is causing the delays in former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Thomas Kwoyelo's trial?
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 21:07
Former Ugandan rebel Opono Opondo was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as a child and forced to participate in the rebel groups reign of terror over Northern Uganda, but later granted amnesty by the Ugandan government. Despite this he has been turned away by his family and community in the northern city of Gulu. He's the subject of the new film by Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos aptly titled “No place for a rebel”. Their interview has been published here as part of Justice Hub’s #MyJustice series.
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 23:40
On 20 April 2017, the Uganda People’s Defence Force received its first contingent pursuing the leader of Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic.
This is followed by reports of a decision by the Ugandan government to withdraw its soldiers from the mission pursuing Kony’s rebel group saying that it has been neutralised.
Let’s Talk, Uganda spoke with local northern Ugandans about what they think about this move.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 15:09
As the trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen continues before the International Criminal Court (ICC), people in northern Uganda are still divided on whether or not his trial is justified.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 08:47
The ongoing trial of Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court is an important step in the accountability process for the war in northern Uganda. It is also important to remember that this is not the end of the conversation around justice and reconciliation in Uganda.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 00:00
In this week's review, news about communications in the Ugandan LRA rebels, lobby for reparations in ICC Mali case, possible Hague extradition for former Kosovo PM, Belgian war crimes suit against senior Israeli politician and more
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 16:27
Dominic Ongwen’s trial is due to hear its first witness at the International Criminal Court on Monday, where he stands accused of 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including rape. Should he be on trial? On our Facebook page many people have given their opinions. Here's one of them from Gulu in northern Uganda.