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EDITOR'S NOTE: Special JLOS Bulletin Edition on Transitional Justice (December 2020)

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Welcome to this edition of the JLOS Bulletin – the special edition on Uganda’s Transitional Justice process. In 2019, Cabinet considered and approved the National Transitional Justice Policy (NTJP). This was a landmark achievement and a major milestone as it made Uganda the first African Union Member State to enact such a policy. The Policy is an overarching framework by the Government of Uganda (GoU), designed to address the justice, accountability and reconciliation needs of post-conflict Uganda. The Policy proposes the use of a combination of formal and informal (alternative) justice mechanisms. 

The Transitional Justice (TJ) programme was first institutionalized at JLOS in 2008 when Cabinet directed the implementation of the Agreements resulting from peace negotiations between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Juba, South Sudan. These peace negotiations gave the momentum for the development of a legal framework for the Government of Uganda to implement Transitional Justice.

Over the years, the JLOS Transitional Justice programme has successfully evolved from the development of a legal framework to the implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing access to justice through Transitional Justice mechanisms. Sector institutions are being supported to implement specific Transitional Justice interventions that cut across legislative development, law reform, prosecution-led investigations, adjudication and rehabilitation of combatants. The programme also takes into account the unanimity of common values, principles and standards of the Sector; such as accountability, transparency, victim participation, vulnerability, gender equality and the best interests of the child, among others.

The development and approval of the NTJP is therefore an affirmation of the Government’s commitment to peace, justice and reconciliation. It reflects the Government’s core objectives aimed at ending impunity and promoting justice and reconciliation as necessary precursors to sustainable development. 

In this special edition of the JLOS Bulletin, we explore Uganda’s Transitional Justice experience and showcase the various achievements, milestones, challenges and opportunities of our Transitional Justice programme.

We commend this magazine and encourage you to give us your feedback and thoughts on Uganda’s transitional justice process – especially in regard to the enactment of a national Transitional Justice policy. 

 

Edgar Kuhimbisa & Margaret Ajok

Editorial Team

 

Published: December 31, 2020

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