Community of Sant'Egidio and Peace
Cessation of Hostilities Agreement
AGREEMENT ON ACCOUNTABILITY AND RECONCILIATION
BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
This Agreement, between the Government of Uganda (The Government) and the Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement (LRA/M) (herein referred to as the Parties), witnesseth that:
WHEREAS THE PARTIES:
HAVING BEEN engaged in protracted negotiations in Juba, Southern Sudan, in order to find just, peaceful and lasting solutions to the long-running conflict, and to promote reconciliation and restore harmony and tranquillity within the affected communities and in Uganda generally;
CONSCIOUS of the immense, pain, suffering, injury and adverse socio-economic and political impacts of the conflict, and of the serious crimes, human rights violations; and recognising the need to honour the victims by promoting lasting peace with justice;
COMMITTED to preventing impunity and promoting redress in accordance with the Constitution and international obligations and recalling, in this connection, the requirements of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and in particular the principle of complementarity;
DRIVEN by the need for adopting appropriate justice mechanisms, including customary processes of accountability, that would resolve the conflict while promoting reconciliation and convinced that this Agreement is a sound basis for achieving that purpose;
GUIDED BY the Objective Principle of the Constitution, which directs that there shall be established and nurtured institutions and procedures for the resolution of conflicts fairly and peacefully; and further recalling the Constitutional duty on the courts of Uganda to promote reconciliation between contesting parties;
NOW THEREFORE THE PARTIES AGREE as follows:
Unless the context suggests otherwise, the following words and phrases shall have the meaning assigned thereto:
“Ailuc” refers to the traditional rituals performed by the Madi to reconcile parties formerly in conflict, after full accountability.
“Alternative justice mechanisms” refers to justice mechanisms not currently administered in the formal courts established under the Constitution.
“the conflict” means the Northern and North-eastern Uganda conflict, and includes the impacts of that conflict in the neighbouring countries.
“Constitution” means the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
“Culo Kwor” refers to the compensation to atone for homicide as practiced in Acholi and Lango cultures, and any other forms of reparation for any other purposes, after full accountability.
“Gender” refers to the two sexes, men and women, within the context of society.
“Government” means the Republic of Government of Uganda.
“Kayo Cuk” refers to the traditional accountability and reconciliation processes practiced by the Langi communities after full accountability and reconciliation has been attained between parties formerly in conflict, after full accountability.
“Mato Oput” refers to the traditional ritual performed by the Acholi after full accountability and reconciliation has been attained between parties formerly in conflict, after full accountability.
“Reconciliation” refers to the process of restoring broken relationships and re-establishing harmony.
“Tonu ci Koka” refers to the traditional rituals performed by the Madi to reconcile parties formerly in conflict, after full accountability;
“Victims” means persons who have individually or collectively suffered harm as a consequence of crimes and human rights violations committed during the conflict.
2. COMMITMENT TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND RECONCILIATION
2.1. The Parties shall promote national legal arrangements, consisting of formal and non formal institutions and measures for ensuring justice and reconciliation with respect to the conflict.
2.2. The accountability processes stipulated in this Agreement shall relate to the period of the conflict. However, this clause shall not prevent the consideration and analysis of any relevant matter before this period, or the promotion of reconciliation with respect to events that occurred before this period.
2.3. The Parties believe that a comprehensive, independent and impartial analysis of the history and manifestations of the conflict, especially the human rights violations and crimes committed during the course of the conflict, is an essential ingredient for attaining reconciliation at all levels.
2.4. The Parties agree that at all stages of the development and implementation of the principles and mechanisms of this Agreement, the widest possible consultations shall be promoted and undertaken in order to receive the views and concerns of all stakeholders, and to ensure the widest national ownership of the accountability and reconciliation processes. Consultations shall extend to state institutions, civil society, academia, community leaders, traditional and religious leaders, and victims.
2.5. The Parties undertake to honour and respect, at all times, all the terms of this Agreement which shall be implemented in the utmost good faith and shall adopt effective measures for monitoring and verifying the obligations assumed by the Parties under this Agreement.
3. PRINCIPLES OF GENERAL APPLICATION
3.1. Traditional justice mechanisms, such as Culo Kwor, Mato Oput, Kayo Cuk, Ailuc and Tonu ci Koka and others as practiced in the communities affected by the conflict, shall be promoted, with necessary modifications, as a central part of the framework for accountability and reconciliation.
Conduct of Proceedings
3.2. The Parties recognise that any meaningful accountability proceedings should, in the context of recovery from the conflict, promote reconciliation and encourage individuals to take personal responsibility for their conduct.
3.3. With respect to any proceedings under this Agreement, the right of the individual to a fair hearing and due process, as guaranteed by the Constitution, shall at all times be protected. In particular, in the determination of civil rights and obligations or any criminal charge, a person shall be entitled to a fair, speedy and public hearing before an independent and impartial court or tribunal established by law.
3.4. In the conduct of accountability and reconciliation processes, measures shall be taken to ensure the safety and privacy of witnesses. Witnesses shall be protected from intimidation or persecution on account of their testimony. Child witnesses and victims of sexual crimes shall be given particular protection during proceedings.
Cooperation within proceedings
3.5. The Parties shall promote procedures and approaches to enable individuals to cooperate with formal criminal or civil investigations processes and proceedings. Cooperation may include the making of confessions, disclosures and provision of information on relevant matters. The application of any cooperation procedures shall not prejudice the rights of cooperating individuals.
3.6. Provisions may be made for the recognition of confessions or other forms of cooperation to be recognised for purposes of sentencing or sanctions.
3.7. Any person appearing before a formal proceeding shall be entitled to appear in person or to be represented at that person’s expense by a lawyer of his or her choice. Victims participating in proceedings shall be entitled to be legally represented.
3.8. Provision shall be made for individuals facing serious criminal charges or allegations of serious human rights violations and for victims participating in such proceedings, who cannot afford representation, to be afforded legal representation at the expense of the State.
Finality and effect of proceedings
3.9. In order to achieve finality of legal processes, accountability and reconciliation procedures shall address the full extent of the offending conduct attributed to an individual. Legislation may stipulate the time within which accountability and reconciliation mechanisms should be undertaken.
3.10. Where a person has already been subjected to proceedings or exempted from liability for any crime or civil acts or omissions, or has been subjected to accountability or reconciliation proceedings for any conduct in the course of the conflict, that person shall not be subjected to any other proceedings with respect to that conduct.
4.1. Formal criminal and civil justice measures shall be applied to any individual who is alleged to have committed serious crimes or human rights violations in the course of the conflict. Provided that, state actors shall be subjected to existing criminal justice processes and not to special justice processes under this Agreement.
5. LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
5.1. The Parties affirm that Uganda has institutions and mechanisms, customs and usages as provided for and recognised under national laws, capable of addressing the crimes and human rights violations committed during the conflict. The Parties also recognise that modifications may be required within the national legal system to ensure a more effective and integrated justice and accountability response.
Legislative and policy changes
5.6. The Government will introduce any necessary legislation, policies and procedures to establish the framework for addressing accountability and reconciliation and shall introduce amendments to any existing law in order to promote the principles in this Agreement.
6. FORMAL JUSTICE PROCESSES
6.1. Formal courts provided for under the Constitution shall exercise jurisdiction over individuals who are alleged to bear particular responsibility for the most serious crimes, especially crimes amounting to international crimes, during the course of the conflict.
7.1. The Parties shall promote appropriate reconciliation mechanisms to address issues arising from within or outside Uganda with respect to the conflict.
8.1. The Parties agree that it is essential to acknowledge and address the suffering of victims, paying attention to the most vulnerable groups, and to promote and facilitate their right to contribute to society.
9.1. Reparations may include a range of measures such as: rehabilitation; restitution; compensation; guarantees of non-recurrence and other symbolic measures such as apologies, memorials and commemorations. Priority shall be given to members of vulnerable groups.
In the implementation of this Agreement, a gender-sensitive approach shall be promoted and in particular, implementers of this Agreement shall strive to prevent and eliminate any gender inequalities that may arise.
11. WOMEN AND GIRLS
In the implementation of this Agreement it is agreed to:
In the implementation of this Agreement it is agreed to:
The Government will avail and solicit resources for the effective implementation of this Agreement.
14. OBLIGATIONS AND UNDERTAKINGS OF THE PARTIES
15. ADOPTION OF MECHANISMS FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS AGREEMENT
15.1. The Parties shall negotiate and adopt an annexure to this Agreement which shall set out elaborated principles and mechanisms for the implementation of this Agreement. The annexure shall form a part of this Agreement.
This Agreement shall take effect upon signature.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the duly authorized representatives of the parties have hereunto appended their respective signatures at Juba, South Sudan, this 29th day of June 2007.
H.E Lt. Gen. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon (PhD)
H.E Japheth R Getugi
H.E Ali I Siwa