On Wednesday the International Crimes Division of Uganda's High Court, heard an application by the Uganda Victims' Foundation (UVF) to seek the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan during his visit to Uganda.
The court, however, postponed the hearing till 11 December to allow the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to respond to the application.
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Last year, we asked you whether Uganda should have arrested Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir on behalf of the ICC when he visited Uganda, following calls from human rights activists. The views that were given were varied.
Given President al-Bashir's recent visit to Uganda, have your views changed? Should Uganda fulfill its mandate under the Rome Statue?
On Tuesday 2 October a lawyer for the UPDF's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence testified that he was not aware of any atrocities the Ugandan army had committed during its war with the LRA.
“Did it occur to you that it might be necessary, and your duty, to provide exculpatory evidence to indicate other notorious commanders on the other side of the battle?” asked Dominic Ongwen's defense lawyer Krispus Ayena Odongo.
“Your Honors, I am not aware of notorious commanders in the... UPDF [Uganda People’s Defence Forces],” replied Kanyogonya.
“Mr. Witness, can you tell or confirm to this court whether there were hues and cries about incidents of indiscipline of UPDF officers in the prosecution of the war against the LRA?” continued Odongo.
“I do not know of any commanders of the UPDF committing atrocities in the war against the LRA,” answered Kanyogonya.
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This past week at the ICC one of Uganda’s top military lawyers testified that the evidence intelligence agencies gave to the court went involved about 15 commanders of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
A Ugandan army commander responsible for protecting the Pajule IDP camp also testified that he was not aware the LRA warned of an attack months before the group hit the camp.
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Northern Uganda has been neglected by the government leading to a wide disparity between it and the rest of the country, writes Jamie Hitchen for IRIN.
Do you agree? What should be done for the region?
At the ICC, victims are permitted to participate in trials by making their views and concerns known to the judges on matters that concern them, rather than be involved simply as witnesses. Looking at the Dominic Ongwen case, a recent Human Rights Watch report explores how the court makes decisions about victims’ legal representation in these proceedings.
On Friday, a witness who once was with the LRA's Stockree brigade told the ICC that Kony ordered attacks in Teso and Lango after LRA Division Commander Charles Tabu Ley was killed during a battle in Teso. The places that were attacked included Barlonyo and Lira Palwo.
Recently Uganda has been called "the best place to be a refugee".
Do you agree? What do you think of Uganda's attitude towards refugees?
Locals in northern Uganda have expressed concerns over limited, inadequate and inconsistent information concerning the court proceedings of alleged LRA commander Dominic Ongwen at The Hague based International Criminal Court.
We spoke to people from Acholi, West Nile and Teso sub-regions to gather their views on their access to the trial.
"I was given fifty strokes on the neck and it was too painful. My neck was in pain, my back side was so injured that I couldn’t sit. I prayed to God to let the soldiers attack us so that we would all die."
This is an excerpt from the book “I Am Evelyn Amony”, a 174 page book written by Evelyn Amony who was abducted at the age of 12 by the Lord’s Resistance Army from her village in Atiak in Amuru district.
In captivity, Amony was trained to be a fighter and acted as a military... escort to the rebel army’s leader Joseph Kony. At the age of fourteen, she would become Kony’s forced wife and later the mother of three of his children.
She spent 11 years in captivity until she was captured by the Ugandan military in 2005 and taken to a rehabilitation center in Gulu where she was reunited with her Family.
"The time has come to forgive Dominic Ongwen", writes Let's Talk, Uganda reader Fred Okot.
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.
The trial of Dominic Ongwen is taking a summer recess and will resume on August 14.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has partnered with the Danish embassy in Uganda to provide television sets, portable generators and public address systems among other items to facilitate monthly video screening of recorded public trial sessions.
The equipment will be given to 23 parishes in the affected communities in Northern Uganda, including Coroom which is former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen’s birth place.
Following years of conflict, the reintegration of formerly abducted women and children born of war continues to pose challenges for northern Uganda. As the passing of a national transitional justice policy delays, many survivors in the region are looking elsewhere for recognition.
One such initiative is the “Peace Path”, a new monument in Gulu created by NGO Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice to recognise war-affected communities and encourage reconciliation between victims and their communities.
A relentless debate has been sparked off on amnesty for alleged war perpetrators in Uganda. Ronnie Layoo presents some of the different arguments on the issue made by ICD judicial officials, prosecutors and civil society.