Northern Uganda Policy Briefs

Posted on September 12, 2011. Filed under: Gender, Publications, Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Uganda |

The Justice and Reconciliation in Africa programme at the IJR has recently released four new policy briefs, together with the Justice and Reconciliation Project. The briefs focus on Northern Uganda, as the region tries to recover after more than two decades of war (click here for a chronology of events). The release of these policy briefs coincides with the commencement of War Crimes trials, with the case against Lord’s Resistance Army commander Thomas Kwoyelo commencing in the High Court in Gulu in July (more here).

The policy briefs can be accessed by following the links below (in PDF), and your feedback and comments are welcome!

Gender Justice and Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

Pay Us So We Can Forget: Reparations for Victims and Affected Communities in Northern Uganda

Traditional Justice and War Crimes in Northern Uganda

Missing stories: Truth-seeking Processes in Northern Uganda

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Selection of Friday reading

Posted on July 29, 2011. Filed under: Race Relations, Transitional Justice, Uganda |

I want to start out by thanking everyone for the great feedback I have received on the latest issue of the SARB newsletter – especially those who appreciated our new template! If you would like to be added to our mailing list, leave a comment on this post – I won’t post your email address, but I will add you to our database.

Today I thought I would post a short selection of interesting things –

First, have a look at the latest article in the Race & Identity series: a joint initiative of the IJR and the Cape Times.  In it, journalist and author Bryan Rostron asks why We can’t break the cursed circle of colour in South Africa.

On a very different note, war crimes trials have begun in Uganda, and our colleagues at the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University have been observing and summarizing proceedings – an excellent resource for those who are unable to attend. Here are Update 1 and Update 2 on the proceedings of the trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former combatant in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) (more…).

Last thing – I recently attended the 13th conference of the International Association of the Study of Forced Migration in Uganda, which focused on transitional justice and forced migration. For me, a visit to this region really confirmed the strong links between these two themes. Pambazuka News has complied a special issue with excerpts from some of the papers presented at the conference – it’s definitely worth a read here!

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