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War Victims: ICC Asks Gov't To Carry Its Burden

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The Victims Trust Fund was established under the Rome Statute to provide physical and psychosocial rehabilitation, and material support to the victims of crime within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

Its activities Mr. Baan said are mainly being funded through fines and forfeitures [ICC reparations] and through voluntary contributions by states and donations from private bodies.

Uganda government is yet to actively partake in this cause, even though it is the first country in the world to benefit from the fund, alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We are still hoping for some commitment from government,” said Baan. “Our camps in Gulu and Kivu province have helped over 100,000 war victims in terms of providing medical, psychological services, some material support, small loans, that will help victims rebuild their dignity and hope.

“Many of the victims we have encountered, some of the mutilated, have clearly fallen out of society, because they are not productive anymore, and so they are both victims of the crimes and society itself.”

He noted therefore that, government of Uganda should not watch and hope that the situation of these people can only be contained and revived by foreigners alone.

“The existence of this Fund doesn’t take away the responsibility of the government to look after its victimized population. All that we are trying to do is provide an interim solution to the harm suffered by these victims.”

“We are giving out a strong message not only to the government of Uganda, but also the DRC and others, that it’s not just the rich donor countries that should be let to care for their persecuted communities.”

The Fund’s executives, Chimp Reports learnt, have been engaging with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Health, in hope to find some collaboration in which what the fund has been achieving can form a basis for the ultimate ownership by government.

Beyond Uganda and the DRC, Baan said that the Fund is soon to be rolled out in other countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Central African Republic.

“As for CAR, the situation there is still too difficult for us due to an internal war going on which cannot let us operate freely, while in Kenya, if government there chooses to go ahead and step out of the Rome Statute, it may become unworkable for us to engage with the victims therein.”


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