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ICC lawyers to help Uganda on Joseph Kony

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th November 2008 03:00 AM

TWO American lawyers formerly working for the International Criminal Court and other experts on war crimes are in the country to help Uganda in implementing the key aspects of the Juba agreement on accountability and reconciliation.

TWO American lawyers formerly working for the International Criminal Court and other experts on war crimes are in the country to help Uganda in implementing the key aspects of the Juba agreement on accountability and reconciliation.

By Ganzi Muhanguzi

TWO American lawyers formerly working for the International Criminal Court and other experts on war crimes are in the country to help Uganda in implementing the key aspects of the Juba agreement on accountability and reconciliation.

Michael Newton, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and his colleague, Michael Scharf, are part of a team of experts from Public International Law and Policy Group in the country at the invitation of the Government.

The group is set to provide technical assistance to the justice, law and order sector in designing a traditional justice system, in a project funded by USAID.

Ruth Kirinda, an official at USAID, disclosed that the project, code named Incentivising peace in Uganda: Promoting accountability and reconciliation will include building the capacity of Uganda’s justice policy makers for drafting legislation related to High Court’s war crimes division, traditional justice mechanisms as well as reconciliation.

“The project demonstrates the continued partnership between the United States Government and Uganda to promote sustainable peace,” Kirinda said.

Lord’s Resistance Army chief, Joseph Kony is expected to sign a peace deal to end the two-decade war in the north today.

Newton, who was part of every ICC action for the last decade, including the trials of former Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic and Liberia’s Charles Taylor, says Uganda’s law sector has a huge task to restore peace. “Uganda has taken up a great task of peace and reconciliation with the trial of war crimes,” he said.

ICC lawyers to help Uganda on Joseph Kony

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