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The Habré trial or Africa’s contribution to international criminal justice Lessons for Central African Republic and South Soudan
The trial and conviction, in 2015-2016, of the former Chadian president, Mr. Hisséne Habré, was hailed as a turning point for the justice system in Africa. Coming at a time when Africa had conflicting relations with the International Criminal Court, the African Union’s (AU) decision to set up a hybrid criminal court to try a former head of state was a historic example of leadership in promoting accountability for international crimes at the regional level. It demonstrates the regional organization’s determination to fight against impunity for international crimes in Africa.
Strengthening Victim Participation in Accountability Processes: Learning from the Experiences of the Victim Support Initiative (VSI)
Victims of international crimes are at the core of the fight against impunity for international crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC was the first international accountability mechanism to make room for the direct participation of victims in legal proceedings. Despite this progress, the visibility and voices of victims are continuously muzzled at national, regional and international level, owing to legal, technical and financial hurdles. We now increasingly see victims playing a diminutive role in the quest for accountability.
Venue: The Golden Tulip Canaan Hotel, Kampala
Date: 6 – 10 May 2019
TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda, and in collaboration with the International Criminal Court Field Offices in Uganda is hosting a 5-day training (6-10 May 2019) on international criminal justice for media practitioners and social media influencers. The training is aimed at building the capacity of a select number of media practitioners and social media influencers from South Sudan and Uganda to effectively report on and generate constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels.
The specific objectives of the training are to: