n African Security Review - Moving the Ugandan peace process from the dichotomy of criminal trials vs amnesty : commentaries

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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For more than two decades, the rebel Lord's Residence Army (LRA) has committed some of the most appalling human rights violations and war crimes against civilian populations in northern Uganda. The Ugandan government has been unable to defeat the rebel movement and effectively protect the civilian population from its atrocities. At the request of Kampala, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for the top five leaders of the movement in 2005 (Apuuli 2006). (In March 2008 four warrants remained after the death of one of the indicted men.) To many observers, this was a strategy by the government to put pressure on the rebels to come to the negotiating table. Effectively, peace talks began between the government and the rebel group in 2005 under the auspices of the government of South Sudan.

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