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Uganda at a Crossroads: Narrowing the Amnesty?

72 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010 Last revised: 3 Jan 2014

Louise Mallinder

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: March 1, 2009


In exploring the changing role of amnesty in Uganda, this paper will begin by analysing the background to the conflict in northern Uganda, before exploring in Part 3 the crimes and motivations that have characterised this conflict, including crimes committed by both the LRA and the Ugandan state. Subsequently, in Part 4, the current amnesty arrangements will be analysed, including how the amnesty was enacted, implemented and subsequently amended, and the impact that it has had to date within Uganda. The conflict between the Amnesty Act and the indictments issued by the International Criminal Court will be explored in Part 5. Part 6 will then discuss the peace negotiations at Juba and Part 7 will provide an overview of the various transitional justice approaches that were negotiated in the Agreement and Annexure on Accountability and Reconciliation. Finally, some suggestions will be made on the role that amnesty can play during the political transition, if the peace agreement is signed by Joseph Kony and President Museveni.

Keywords: Uganda, amnesty, international criminal court, traditional justice, transitional justice

Suggested Citation

Mallinder, Louise, Uganda at a Crossroads: Narrowing the Amnesty? (March 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Louise Mallinder (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

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