National Perspective Vol.015: The Thomas Kwoyelo trial and International Crimes Law in Uganda (program summary)

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Agenda Item Number 3 of the Juba Peace talks was signed as a result of an agreement between the Ugandan Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army for accountability and reconciliation in terms of the atrocities that were committed in Northern Uganda.

Its implementation turned out to be the War Crimes Court, a special division of the High Court of Uganda that was later re-designated as the International Crimes Division.

The court’s first trial was that of Thomas Kwoyelo who was charged with 12 counts and 53 alternative charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. However, his trial was later halted on the orders of the Constitutional Court of Uganda, basing itself on the fact he had applied for amnesty.

This edition brings you insight into what Kwoyelo’s continued detention means for the amnesty process, the trial itself and the relationship between the International Crimes Division and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

National Perspective brings this program to you every week, with each edition exploring a topical issue in-depth.

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