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Title:Amnesty and International Law: The Case of the Lord's Resistance Army Insurgents in Northern Uganda
Author:Apuuli, Kasaija PhillipISNI
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Uganda
offences against human rights
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcamnesty-and-international-law/
Abstract:The conflict in northern Uganda is about to enter its twentieth year since it began in 1986. At the time of writing, there is no sign that the conflict is about to come to an end. For a long time, the government has tried the military option to end the conflict but to no avail. However, recently the government, under pressure from local and international civil society organizations and the Acholi population, opted for peace talks with the rebels. The proponents of peaceful methods to end the conflict have mooted the Acholi traditional reconciliation mechanisms of 'mato oput' and 'gomo tong', and the government instituted amnesty to try and lure the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) from the bush. In their efforts, the peaceful methods proponents have incessantly campaigned against the ongoing International Criminal Court (ICC) investigations into the LRA activities. Meanwhile, however, the LRA has continued to commit egregious international crimes, which its top leadership must answer for. Whilst the abducted and conscripted LRA foot soldiers (mainly children) may be amnestied, customary international law demands that the top leadership of the LRA must be punished for the jus cogens crimes that have been and continue to be committed in the conflict. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]