More than 10 years after the end of the 20-year conflict in Uganda, victims have yet to receive justice and reparations and continue to be mostly sidelined in the transitional justice processes that affect them, according to Not Without Us, a new report by Emerging Solutions Africa, the Uganda Victims’ Foundation and REDRESS.
In this online event, participants will discuss the key findings of the report, including how victims have been impacted by the inexorable delay in passing and implementing the National Transitional Justice Policy. The report notes that despite the inclusion of multiple transitional justice processes in this comprehensive policy document and a detailed gender-sensitive and victim-centred framework, the consultations and engagement with victims did not allow them to meaningfully influence and impact the design and shaping of the Policy.
Participants will also examine some of the gaps in victim participation within the formal criminal justice system through the lens of the case of Thomas Kwoyelo, the first international crimes trial before Ugandan Courts providing for the participation of victims in the proceedings.
Central to the entire discussion and an issue deeply concerning to victims is the failure to provide interim reparations to victims pending the passage of the Transitional Justice Bill.
Speakers will include representatives from the Judiciary; Justice, Law and Order Sector; victims' groups as well as civil society organisations.