Support to JLOS - Transitional Justice Programme
Armed conflict has persisted in Northern Uganda for over 20 years. Peace negotiations started in 2006 and resulted in a comprehensive framework of Peace Agreements.
Under the Agreement on Accountability and Reconciliation, the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) embarked on the development of an Integrated Transitional Justice (TJ) System which comprises 3 major components Formal Criminal Jurisdiction,Traditional Justice Structures, and Truth Telling and Reconciliation Structures.
This approach requires the integration of new features of jurisprudence i.e. traditional justice mechanisms and other methods of reconciliation as well as expertise in the area of international criminal law.
The Formal Criminal Justice component of the Integrated TJ Programme aims at enabling JLOS to fulfill Ugandas obligations as a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to provide the necessary structures,human resources and capacities to try perpetrators of international crimes and grave violations of humanitarian law. Capacity building has been identified as a key component for successful, effective and efficient investigation,prosecution,adjudication,defence and management of atrocity crimes in accordance with int. human rights law.
ADC supports the Formal Criminal Justice Component of the Integrated JLOS TJ programme through an earmarked contribution for capacity building comprising trainings on international criminal law with emphasis on prosecutions and investigation skills as well as specialised trainings on handling new equipment. A special focus will be put on International Humanitarian Law, Investigation Skills and Witness Protection for at least 76 professionals 1) in the Department of Public Prosecution and the Crimes Investigation Department, 2) representing other relevant stakeholders such as War Crimes Division judges and trainers from police and 3) as members of the Defence Bar and Civil Society Actors dealing with fair trial rights and monitoring.