MAY 31, 2010: ICC Meet - Peace Activists Demand Special Taskforce for Witnesses of War Crimes

ICC Meet - Peace Activists Demand Special Taskforce for Witnesses of War Crimes
 
SOURCE: The Monitor
 
As the the International Criminal Court conference kicks off in Kampala today, peace activists want a special task force set up to handle testimonies by war witnesses at local courts and the International Crimes Court.

Mr Christopher Ongom, the coordinator Uganda Victims Foundation, says the demand for a special task force stems from the increasing concerns about the high number of people who are traumatised during and after wars.

Mr Ongom cites women especially from the northern Ugandan war who have experienced such trauma.

He said women with children born in captivity are not readily accepted into the society and many have been labeled rebels.

He says says the judiciary should handle psychological

issues and have experts accompany witnesses to the dock.

He noted that the recently-passed law on ICC fails to recognise the role of civil society groups representing victims. The law also lacks provisions on reparations for victims and a special trust fund for victims.

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