War Victims' Voices on Transitional Justice
War Victims’ Participation in Transitional Justice
“For some issues, we cant wait for the TJ policy to come into place. Like on land, there is an act which provides that you have 12 years within which to recover your land. Let us use other laws in place, for some of these issues, there are organisations that offer legal aid…”.
Mr. Joseph Manoba Akwenyo
“Trust Africa has keen interest in supporting more meaningful victims participation in Transitional Justice processes.”
Angella Nagagga (Trust Africa)
“This is the first time I have been in a conference where war victims are involved in a discussion on Transitional Justice”
Akello Mary from Amuria – Teso
With memory comes healing. Participants in the war victims conference visited and paid respect to the hundreds that were massacred at Barlonyo and Abia, Lira
“People say we don’t want to participate, but victims are tired of giving their views without feedback. Everybody thinks the best for the war affected and former child solider is vocational education, train to be a tailor; but we want to be in the office and be driven; meaning victims too needs formal and better education.Susan Acan, Empowering Hands, Gulu
“The steps taken today to bring victims for the first conference is the beginning of justice itself. Victims need protection as they participate.”
Hajji Longa Sebbi (Moyo war victims’ Association).
” My son was abducted on his way to school and he has never returned. I can hear the same complaints coming from West Nile, Acholi , Lango and Teso. can some one account for the missing people?”
“Victims properties especially land should be protected.”
Thomas Lapyem, Center For Reparation and Reconciliation
“To stakeholders, as government has come up with Transitional Justice Policy, it’s now upon the civil society organizations and the government to work together and sensitize affected communities about transitional justice processes”
“to the victims and the affected communities, I want to assure you that the government is in the final stages of developing the transitional justice policy.
I understand it’s not easy to continue being patient when you are a patient and in pains. But, the government needs your participation to ensure the success of transitional justice processes. And I take the opportunity to assure you that the government is developing the witness protection bill to ensure you freely participate in the transitional justice processes.
Jane Francis Adongo – Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC)
“As we gather for this conference, may we realise that we are all victims in one way or another. The government is finalising the transitional justice policy and there is need to sesnitise the people about the processes. By being here, we’ve learnt a lot from the victims. as i can hear from you, victims are ready to participate in TJ processes, but they lack coordination. As government and civil society organizations, we need to work together and sensitize the population.
Leadership at all levels must be engaged more with victims in order to better understand and respond to their needs. Lets avoid pointing fingers but collaborate to the national peace”.
Ssekindi Aisha, Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Lira District