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Ugandan MPs Attend Pan African Sessions In SA

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Uganda’s representatives to PAP; Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo), Hon. Sam Amooti Otada (Ind., Kibanda), Hon. Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North), Hon. Beatrice Barumba Rusaniya (NRM, Kiruhura) and Hon. Jacgueline Amongin (NRM, Ngora) have traveled to South Africa to attend the Session as well as the scheduled committees.

PAP is one of the organs of the African Union (AU) provided for in the Constitutive Act of the AU adopted by African Heads of State and Government meeting in Lome, Togo in July 2000. The other organs include; the Assembly of the Union, the Executive Council, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights and the Permanent Representatives Council.

Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, the leader of Uganda’s delegation deputizes the Chair on the Committee on Administration and Financial Evaluation (CAFÉ), which is charged with the evaluation of normal and regular operation of the Pan African Parliament at the administrative and financial level.

Hon. Kakoba chairs the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Hon. Barumba was elected Rappoteur for the Committee on Trade. In addition, Hon. Amongin was on Thursday elected to chair the PAP Youth Caucus.

Prior to the sessions, the PAP Committee on Justice and Human Rights chaired by Uganda’s representative, Hon. Onyango Kakoba held a training workshop intended for members have an understanding of international humanitarian law and be able to apply it when analyzing armed conflict.

The workshop was held at the Farm Inn, in Pretoria, May 2 – 3, 2013.

Hon. Kakoba said that in line with the principles of promoting human rights in Africa, the Committee on Justice and Human Rights signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to strengthen the collaboration between the two bodies.

“The overall objective of the partnership is to strengthen the institutional ties between the Pan African Parliament and the ICRC, in the fields of international humanitarian law and humanitarian policies,” said Hon. Kakoba.

He added, “Ideally they should be able to identify whether an incident of violence mounts to an armed conflict, and if so, the type of armed conflict and the relevant legal regime governing that armed conflict.”

PAP was inaugurated in March 2004, and is intended to ensure the full participation of African people in the development and economic integration of the continent. It started off as an advisory and consultative body or organ of the AU, and was meant to transform into a fully legislative body in a period of five years.

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