n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Transitional justice and gender in Uganda : making peace, failing women during the peace negotiation process : views from the field

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


Uganda's long history of militarism and extra-judicial killings has been marred by widespread impunity for the gross human rights violations committed in the country, particularly those committed against women. A range of transitional justice mechanisms has been discussed in the region but it is important to consider if and how these will confront the gender-based human rights violations that have been endemic to Uganda's history. The complexities of the conflict must also be considered : for instance, the large number of children as well as adults who were forced to commit atrocities such as killing family members or raping their female relatives. These situations have created questions over criminal responsibility and concerns over how best to achieve reconciliation.

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