Maria Kamara Mabinti, the ICC Outreach Coordinator for East Africa says they have noted concerns that some organizations are now registering the war victims in the case locations to benefit from the reparation program.
are extorting money from victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA insurgency
in Northern Uganda in the guise of registering them to benefit from reparation.
The ICC through the Trust Fund for Victims is currently consulting selected
organizations and individuals on the reparations of the war victims in the
region following the sentencing of Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in prison in May
Ongwen was found guilty by the court for a total of 61 crimes comprising war
crimes and crimes against humanity in Northern Uganda between July 1 and
December 31, 2015.
His defence lawyers appealed the sentencing with the judgment of the appeal
expected to be delivered in December by the ICC Appeals Chamber. If the appeals
chamber upholds his sentencing, victims of the war in which Ongwen is convicted
will receive reparation for the atrocities they suffered.
Maria Kamara Mabinti, the ICC Outreach Coordinator for East Africa says they
have noted concerns that some organizations are now registering the war victims
in the case locations to benefit from the reparation program.
didn’t highlight the case locations, Kamara says the organizations are charging
about 20,000 Shillings for each person to be registered.
Kamara, the registration of the victims is illegal because the ICC has not yet
rolled out the reparation program and once it does, the victims to benefit
shall be registered free of charge.
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declined to disclose the identity of the organizations extorting says the
reparations shall only kickoff after the final ruling of Ongwen’s case before
the Appeals Chamber.
Stella Lanam, the Executive Director of War Victims and Children Networking
told URN in an interview that last year, they identified three organizations
that were extorting money from the victims.
revealed that the organizations were cautioned against the vice before letting
Lanam says they are currently on the lookout and warned that anybody extorting
money from the war victims shall be arrested, charged, and prosecuted.
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Justin Ocan, the LRA war victim’s representative from Lukodi in Gulu District
however says they have not yet registered any case of extortion on Lukodi and
also appealed to the victims to be very vigilant.
Jelena Vukasinovic, the ICC Chief Country Office Uganda told Journalists at The
Hague last month that the outreach team will engage in the identification of
victims of the LRA war in the region once they get instructions from Judges.
She also noted that the victims who participated in the trial of Ongwen were
only granted the right to participate in the trial but do not necessarily
represent the numbers of beneficiaries for the reparation.
victims were granted the right to participate in Ongwen’s trial proceedings and
were represented by two teams of lawyers.