Hosted by the Refugee Law Project, Uganda
Venue - Ridar Hotel – Kampala, Uganda
3 – 5 December 2006
The African Transitional Justice Research Network, through its regional partner the Refugee Law Project, hosted a workshop for researchers based in the Great Lakes/ Horn of Africa from the 3rd to 5th December 2006, in Kampala, Uganda.
Given the history of mass displacement and cyclical population flows in the region, it was decided that the workshop would focus on research and practical issues related to displacement and transitional justice. Topics included in the agenda included:
- The context of conflict, peace agreements and transitions in Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, and beyond;
- The future of transitional justice in the region with a view to strategically re-aligning transitional justice initiatives with developments in the region;
- Reintegration of ex-combatants and internally displaced persons;
- Ethical and methodological issues in conducting research with displaced populations;
- The role of civil society in moving beyond reconciliation initiatives bounded by the nation-state to instead conceptualise mechanisms which address the regional nature of the conflict
The workshop aimed to build the capacity of local researchers to design and conduct research, and to inform and monitor the transitional justice policies utilised in this region.
Participants were selected either through direct identification by ATJRN Steering Committee members or by application through the Network’s listserv and website.
The facilitators for the workshop were Sandro Jimenez (Colombia), Ana Rodicio (Spain), Jana Asher (USA), Sarah Crawford-Brown (South Africa), Nahla Valji (South Africa) and Moses Okello (Uganda).