Reintegrating former-LRA combatants after the Amnesty Act

“The Amnesty [Act]’s major limitation was the reintegration component … As a disarmament tool [the Amnesty Act] was excellent.” How were former LRA-combatants reintegrated back into society after the Amnesty Act (2000)? Mr… Continue reading

Uganda’s Amnesty Act (2000): pragmatism or forgiveness?

“What is unique with the Amnesty Act (2000) is that it was demanded by the victims … who were frustrated with the government’s inability to protect them.” The Amnesty Act (2000) fits in… Continue reading

For development’s sake? Land grabbing and the Oromo community in Ethiopia

“The concern is that the government would simply claim this land and use it without providing any kind of compensation to the farmers and pastoralists who are currently using that land.” Ethiopia has… Continue reading

Uganda’s 2016 elections: Museveni’s repressive grab on power

“The real concerns here are about how the ruling party’s dominance is going to affect the electoral landscape. […] We have raised concerns about the impact on the media, of threats and harassment… Continue reading

The ICC and alternative justice in Uganda

“Prosecution or punitive justice is just a drop in the ocean. The ICC will only play a very small part in the justice equation of northern Uganda. One of the key concerns that… Continue reading

The Case of the LRA’s Dominic Ongwen: perpetrator and victim?

“Ongweng, like all the other LRA-abducted children, was abducted at a very tender age … He was a gifted young man who could have been the best doctor, lawyer or engineer if that… Continue reading

The mismanaged war on the LRA and the involvement of the ICC

“Throughout the Juba Peace Talks, there was stiff opposition from the International Criminal Court.” “There are serious questions of state impunity versus non-state actors accountability.” Why has it proven so difficult to defeat… Continue reading

Off the grid or just as strong as in 2012? The present state of the LRA

“To the people who have experienced the brutality of the LRA, this remains a war without an end. […] Their [the LRA’s] activities continue to fluctuate; there are moments when they scale up their… Continue reading

Forgiveness in the aftermath of atrocities: the case of north Uganda

“The majority of the perpetrators did not do that on their own volition. […] We never had the LRA run adverts, there was no recruitment center! The bulk of the forces of the… Continue reading

The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

Constitution-making in post-Gaddafi Libya: justice vs security?

“Libya has lost a golden opportunity. […] I don’t see how we can move forward with the constitution under the current conflict.” For War and Peace Talk, former Libyan Minister of Justice Salah… Continue reading

NATO-intervention in Libya: a mistake or a job half-done?

“The mistake was not to complete the job. That was a terrible mistake. Libya did not need thousands of weapons … If Libya was without those weapons, the competition would have been political.”… Continue reading

Libya’s Political Isolation Law: post-conflict justice or revenge?

“The Political Isolation Law was technically a very bad downgrade of the previous Integrated Law on Libya.” Former Minister of Justice, Mr Salah al-Marghani reflects on the circumstances within which the Political Isolation… Continue reading