Truth and reconciliation in limbo: Ugandan cabinet drags on enacting transitional justice policy

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Luke Moffett, a law lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland, explains that the government’s focus has been more on criminal prosecutions than helping victims. 

“The problem with the Ugandan government's approach to transitional justice is that it has been dominated by the International Criminal Court and the International Crimes Division, focusing attention on only a handful of LRA commanders and neglecting the rights of the thousands of victims, who suffered atrocities from both the state and LRA,” says Moffett.

“Trials are necessary for those who organised international crimes. Truth commissions are needed to determine the causes and consequences of the violence – from British colonialism to the present day,” says Moffett.

But more focus is needed for the victims, according to Moffett.

“Reparations are a way of focusing on individual and community suffering, and ensuring that those victims affected have their harm publicly acknowledged and are provided with appropriate remedies to alleviate their daily struggles and pain.” "

Period26 Sep 2016

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