Uganda: LRA – a domestic solution?

24 October 2011 by -

Ugandan NGOs are calling for a major effort to fight impunity in Uganda, by setting up a special domestic court to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Ugandan government put its trust in the international community when it referred the situation in northern Uganda to the International Criminal Court in 2003. But NGOs claim a domestic as well as an international solution is needed to deal with the large number of suspects.

By Josephine Uwineza in The Hague

Ugandan NGOs are calling for a major effort to fight impunity in Uganda, by setting up a special domestic court to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Ugandan government put its trust in the international community when it referred the situation in northern Uganda to the International Criminal Court in 2003. But NGOs claim a domestic as well as an international solution is needed to deal with the large number of suspects.

By Josephine Uwineza in The Hague

[related-articles]Tens of thousands of people, mostly children, have been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army during more than 20 years of conflict. They have been forced to fight or serve as slaves. Amputations of limbs, lips, and ears became one gruesome hallmark of LRA attacks on villages. In response, the Ugandan government moved around 2 million people into camps for the internally displaced, but they were repeatedly attacked by the LRA.

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