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Sunday
Apr102016

Uganda - A Brief Introduction Prior to Teaching Trial Advocacy in Gulu, Uganda

 

Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa with a population near 40 million people.  The British ruled Uganda as a protectorate from 1894 until Uganda gained its independence in 1962.  Uganda's legal system continues to be based on English Common Law and African customary law. However, customary law is in effect only when it does not conflict with statutory law.  

Subsequent to independence, Uganda has faced intermittent instability, first with the Idi Amin regime from 1971-1979, in which an estimated 300,000 were killed. Sadly, during the guerilla war under Milton Obote from 1980-1985, another 100,000 were killed.

Under President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda has acquired some stability but also resulted in multiple wars. Museveni invaded and occupied the Democratic Republic of Congo in which an estimated 5 million died.  In addition, the ongoing civil war with Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army resulted in countless deaths and millions displaced.  The ramifications can be felt to this day.

The epicenter of the Lord's Resistance Army was located in the north of the country primarily in Gulu. In 2005, Kony was indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.  Part of the reason was the composition of his army including more than an estimated 65,000 child soldiers.  As a result of a worldwide campaign, he became one of the most wanted men in the world.

Kony is currently still at large and believed to be somewhere in northern Uganda, the DRC, South Sudan or elswhere.