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Title:The International Criminal Court and the invention of traditional justice in Northern Uganda
Author:Allen, TimISNI
Periodical:Politique africaine
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:conflict resolution
International Criminal Court
Abstract:The International Criminal Court's intervention in Northern Uganda has faced opposition from supporters of traditional justice. However, there is less local consensus about reconciliation rituals than has been asserted, and the hybrid forgiveness ceremonies, being performed with external assistance under the auspices of a newly created council of chiefs, are not as significant as enthusiasts imagine. Moreover, lobbying has focussed on selected rituals of the Acholi people and their immediate neighbours, not the country as a whole. Whatever the problems with the ICC's activities, myth making about a 'tribally' specific alternative feeds prejudice and does nothing to promote national conciliation. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French (p. 222). [Journal abstract]