The International Criminal Court –ICC has granted permission to 25
organizations to offer advice to the court on the reparation of the Lord’s
Resistance Army –LRA war victims in Northern Uganda.
This follows a call made by the Trial Chamber IX on May 6 2021 for proposals on
the reparations of the victims shortly after sentencing Dominic Ongwen, the
former commander of the LRA’s Siniya brigade to 25 years in jail for committing
61 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Northern Uganda between
July 1st 2002 and December 31st 2005.
Martin Okwir, the ICC Outreach Coordinator says many organizations sent their
requests but the court only selected 25 of which 19 are Ugandan based while 6
are foreign. The organizations granted permission according to Okwir include
Amuria Development Agency in Teso Sub –Region, Uganda Victims Association in
Lira and Child Youth Initiative.
Others are Foundation for Justice and Development Initiatives –FJDI, Acholi
Religious Leader Peace Initiative –ARLPI and Gulu Women Economic Development
and Globalization –GWED –G, among others.
Okwir revealed that the organizations have been permitted to advise
the court on the reparation of war victims in Northern Uganda through the friends
of court’s approach because they have relevant knowledge and experience on the
LRA insurgency, latest data on war victims as well as deeper understanding on
the culture of the people of Northern Uganda.
According to Okwir, the ICC has given the organizations until December 6, this
year to make their submissions which the court shall use to develop a
comprehensive reparation program informed by information obtained from the
Retired Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng, the Chairperson on Acholi
Religious Leaders Peace Initiative says that they are going to advise the ICC
to build schools, health facilities or community halls to act as monuments in
the areas where massacres took place and also provide scholarships to the
survivors and the war victims.
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Angwec, the Executive Director of Gulu Women Economic Development and
Globalization –GWED –G says they will advise the court to prioritize the women
who are affected by the war.
She revealed that their concept of reparation is