Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court

Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court

A Court of Last Resort

Errol P. Mendes

This authoritative book addresses the greatest challenge facing the International Criminal Court since its historic establishment in 1998: reconciling the demand for justice for the most serious crimes known to humanity with the promotion of sustainable peace in conflict areas around the world.

Chapter 3: Is it Peace, Justice or a Military Solution in the Tragedy of Northern Uganda?

Errol P. Mendes

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, international politics


THE NIGHTMARE OF THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY 1. The lives of tens of thousands of people in Northern Uganda have been a daily living nightmare for the past two decades. A ghoulish armed militia called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has inflicted the most horrible of crimes on the Acholi and other tribes in this area of Uganda that borders on the other troubled territories of southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The macabre actions of the LRA have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilian men, women and children and the displacement of almost 90 per cent of the population in this region of Uganda, accounting for close to two million people. While the LRA has moved the centre of its actions to the DRC and now plagues the border areas of Uganda, the DRC, Sudan and the Central African Republic, the nightmare remains for the people of Northern Uganda. Although the LRA is led by a messianic leader, Joseph Kony, and a rag tag of adult rebels, it is largely comprised of abducted children from all of the countries mentioned above. These child victims are aged between 11 and 15 and are forced into becoming the most ruthless of killers. Many are initiated into the LRA through the most brutal of initiations, which include being raped, drugged, beaten and then forced to kill or mutilate their own families to cut the familial or tribal loyalties. The children are forcibly inducted into the...

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