Raising Awareness About the ICC and ICD
The UCICC has been raising awareness about the ICC since 2004.
Engaging Affected Communities in the North
The UCICC has been training intermediaries and paralegals to engage affected communities in local languages on the ICC and victims' issues
Training Paralegals and Intermediaries
The UCICC staff trained paralegals and intermediaries in Lira on the work of the ICC and ICD in April 2012
Engaging Police Officers and Prison Officials
The UCICC organises dialogues to engage police officers and prison officials on their roles in post-conflict northern Uganda
University Outreach on the ICC
The UCICC and ICC Field Outreach Office engaged law students at Islamic University in Uganda on the ICC
Participating in Broader Transitional Justice Efforts
The UCICC participated in the Barlonyo massacre memorial ceremony organised by the community of Barlonyo on Feb 20-21 2012
Engaging International Actors
UCICC and HURINET-U met with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the 2010 Review Conference in Kampala
Interacting with ICC States Delegates
The UCICC met with the former President of the ICC Assembly of States Parties Ambassador Wenawesar
ICC Media Outreach
The UCICC and CICC appear on a talk show to discuss the work of the ICC
UCICC Launches 'The Forum'
HURINET-U Chair Mohammed Ndifuna launches 'The Forum', a UCICC publication
Engaging Judicial Officers in Northern Uganda
Participants of the Judicial Symposium in Northern Uganda organised by UCICC and HURINET-U
11 Years Since the Creation of the International Criminal Court: Calling Upon the AU to Support the Work of the ICC
Kampala, 17th July, 2013 – Today we mark International Justice Day and consequently the 11th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is, therefore, both timely and relevant for us to engage in a discussion of the Court’s major challenge since its creation, to wit, the tense relationship between the ICC and the African Union (AU).
On 17th July 1998, the Rome Statute was adopted with the support of 100 countries, intergovernmental agencies and civil society organisations, and entered into force on 1st July 2002. The Rome Statute established the ICC, the world’s first permanent treaty-based court to end impunity for grave crimes. The Court prosecutes those “most responsible” for committing such crimes and brings justice to the victims.
With a membership of 122 countries and with eight investigations currently underway in African countries, the ICC has been influential in the field of international criminal justice. However, top leaders of the AU, which boasts a membership of 134 African nations, have accused the ICC of “targeting Africans on a racial basis.” The AU has furthermore called upon its Assembly members not to cooperate in the arrest and surrender of the indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
In light of these challenges, The Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal Court (UCICC), Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) and Avocats San Frontières (ASF) declare as follows:
1) WE CALL upon the AU to revisit its commitment to the ICC and grant it due co-operation in order to live up to its objectives enshrined in Article 3 (e) of the Constitutive Act of the African Union which provides, among others, that one of the objectives of the AU shall be to “encourage international cooperation, taking due account of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
WE FURTHER CALL upon the AU to seek the guidance of the principles enshrined in Article 4 of the Constitutive Act prior to taking decisions with a likely impact on the fight against impunity on the continent. Specific clauses of Article 4 call upon the AU to function, among others, in accordance with the principle of “the right of the Union to intervene in a Member State pursuant to a decision of the Assembly in respect of grave circumstances, namely: war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity”; “respect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance” and “respect for the sanctity of human life, condemnation and rejection of impunity…”
2) WE REITERATE the view that the AU and the ICC are two independent institutions with cross-cutting mandates that should complement each other and, therefore, work towards a common goal of fighting impunity and above all promoting post-conflict justice for victims of serious crimes. We implore the AU member states to prioritize the needs of victims of grave crimes by promoting their right to truth and reparations and establishing strong national institutions to genuinely prosecute perpetrators.
3) WE CONTINUE to call upon all Government leaders and institutions, fellow civil society actors and the general public to support the ICC in executing its mandate to fight impunity on the globe.
4) WE COMMEND the ICC on its achievements thus far and continue to encourage the Court to play an impartial role in the fight against impunity.
5. WE URGE the African leaders to closely monitor the work of institutions such as the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and the East African Court of Justice respectively to assess their ability to carry out the judicial mandate of fighting against impunity. Therefore, decisions to expand their jurisdiction to include Rome Statute crimes should serve justice rather than shield perpetrators of such crimes.
Dated in Kampala this 17th day of July, 2013
Press Release On The Role Of The Media In Understanding International Criminal Justice-Positive Complementarity: Prospects And Challenges
Mindful of the role played by the media in highlighting the plight of the victim communities in post conflict areas of “Greater Northern Uganda” , and on the grounding that the media plays a fundamental role in demystifying the work of the International Criminal Court while clarifying that of the International Crimes Division of the High Court of the Republic of Uganda, the Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal Court (UCICC), Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) synonym of Lawyers without Borders, the Field Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court and the Media Association of Northern Uganda (MANU) found it critical to give media practitioners the opportunity to broadly deliberate on the concept of international justice and key victim oriented issues such as reparations and amnesty.
Press Release: Position Of The Newly Elected Chairperson Of The African Union on President Omar Al-Bashir Of Sudan
Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal Court and Human Rights Network have received with great concern and disquiet the news that during the meeting held by the newly elected African Union Commission Chair, Her Excellence Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with the African former heads of State, Mozambique’s, Joachim Chissano, and Zambia’ Kenneth Kaunda, the former concurred with the position of the African Union on deferral or not to cooperate on effecting the arrest warrant issued against Al-Bashir the president of Sudan by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
1st July, 2012
Kampala, 1st July 2012 – Today marks an important day for international criminal justice. The ICC Field Outreach Office, Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal Court (UCICC) and Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) join the rest of the world in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Rome Statute and the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Since its establishment in 2002, the ICC has symbolised a commitment on behalf of the international community to end impunity for gross violations of human rights and provide justice to the victims of such crimes.