The Pursuit of Transitional Justice and African Traditional Values: A Clash of Civilizations

TitleThe Pursuit of Transitional Justice and African Traditional Values: A Clash of Civilizations
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleArticle on Amnesty and Traditional Practices in Northern Uganda
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Sur. International Journal on Human Rights

Year of Publication2007
AuthorsRose, C, Ssekandi, FM
VolumeSur. International Journal on Human Rights, Year 4, No.7
Number of Pagespp.101-125
ISBN NumberISSN 1806-6445
Accession Number1022
Abstract

This article examines the role that amnesty and traditional practices play in fostering justice and reconciliation in northern Uganda. It aims to contribute to the discussion of Uganda's approach to conflict resolution and reconciliation by examining the tension between the chosen mode of achieving it through traditional reconciliation mechanisms and amnesty and the international outcry for justice. With only the Amnesty Act and the traditional Acholi ceremonies in place, any reconciliation would be hindered by Uganda's failure to adequately address the interests of LRA victims.
While the path to reconciliation in Uganda would be difficult and uncertain, at least the experiences of other African countries like Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone could offer useful examples upon which Uganda could draw. Rwanda's gacaca courts offer guidance as to how Uganda could have combined the use of its traditional conflict resolution mechanism through reconciliation and a search for justice with community participation. Uganda could conceivably promote compensation as well as dialogue through the Acholi traditional mechanisms while at the same time maintaining the integrity of those traditional customs. Alternatively, should Uganda formally establish a truth-telling process, it could look to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South African as an example of how another African country promoted dialogue and forgiveness. Although the circumstances of Rwanda's genocide and South Africa's apartheid regime differ greatly from northern Uganda's conflict with the LRA, the innovative legal approaches of Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone can serve as useful examples and as inspiration for Uganda.Full bibliographical references: Cecily Rose and Francis M. Ssekandi, The pursuit of transitional justice and African traditional values: a clash of civilizations - the case of Uganda, in: Sur. International Journal on Human Rights, Year 4, No.7 (2007), pp.101-125.

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