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MUNYONYO - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) were among winners of the the EGovernment Excellence Awards held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on June 27 2019.

ODPP won the award for Outstanding Web Portal (Information Category) while URSB took home the accolade for Outstanding Sector E-Service Award (Justice, Law Order and Order Sector). The JLOS Secretariat was nominated for the Best Exhibitor Award (2019 EGov Expo) that was won by the Uganda Revenue Authority. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda the Prime Minister was the Chief Guest at the glamorous event. Also present was the Minister for iCT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze,  the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Investment and Privatization) Hon. Evelyn Anite, members of parliament, representives from the donor community, the academia, the business community, the media and several government officials.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: June 28 2019

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KAMPALA. For lack of a proper legal framework to protect witnesses/victims of crime, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has launched guidelines for prosecutors to use as a temporary measure if they are to effectively combat crime in the country. The guidelines are meant to assist prosecutors to determine the witness protection perimeters and the scope of protection in absence of the legislation. 

“At the moment, as most of us know, there is no legislation in Uganda to provide for protection of witnesses. Indeed it’s a bit awkward that we are launching manuals for victims’ rights and witness protection in absence of an enabling law,” said DPP Mike Chibita during the launch last Friday. He continued: “The alternative should have been us to sit and fold our hands and wait but we had to do what we could with the resources that we have. So even if the enabling legislation is not there, we still with the help of our friends, came up with these guidelines.” 

Justice Chibita lamented of how it has been hard to prosecute criminal cases in absence of an enabling law that protects witnesses. 

He gave an example of how they had to hire a car to be on standby and wait for a witness at the gate to whisk him/her away to the airport and take refuge in another country for fear of being harmed after testifying in a terrorism case he declined to name.

 

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Published: June 11, 2019

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Uganda's DPP Justice Mike Chibita has today welcomed DPPs, Prosecutors General and Directors of Investigation authorities from the Great Lakes Region, experts from the UN and Civil society organisations to the 3rd meeting of the Judicial Cooperation Network of the Great Lakes hosted at Speke Resort Munyonyo. Also in attendance are prosecutors and focal points of the Network appointed by the Governments of Angola, Burundi, CAR, DRC, Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. The meeting will focus on enhancing cooperation between the States in addressing illicit trafficking in wildlife and natural resources. 

Justice Chibita observed that the Network is unique as it brings together practitioners from States that speak different languages, have different legal systems but yet are very similar because of the abundance of wildlife and its diversity. He emphasised the need for cooperation by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in order to bring the perpetrators of wildlife crimes to book and to ensure the seizure and recovery of  the assets illicitly gained. 

Ms Rose Mlango of the UN reiterated their commitment to support solution oriented discussions to be ensure peace and stability in the region.

The network was created to enhance cross border investigations and successful prosecution of trans national organised crimes including terrorism.

The meeting is organised by the ICGLR in conjunction with the UNODC and the Office of the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great lakes region, with the support of the Government of Norway.

 

Published: November 12, 2018

 

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:52

Manual on Child-Friendly Practices Launched

 

The Government of Uganda and UNICEF earlier today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide  prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system,  in handling child-related  cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner. The handbook is produced by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with technical and financial support from UNICEF as well as financial support from the Justice, Law and Order Sector. The UK government provided financial support to the process through UNICEF. The handbook will be used by prosecutors and other state as well as non-state actors and institutions in the criminal justice system.

“The handbook is an excellent guide in improving the delivery of justice to children, strengthening child protection structures and helping build a protective environment for children. It will subsequently lead to the rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law,” says Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

 

According to the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Annual Report 2013, there were 1,256 juvenile offenders in the year 2011-12. In 2012, the Uganda Police Force arrested an average of six juveniles per 100,000 of the child population.

More often than not, prior to sentencing, child offenders are held with adults, due to lack of separate holding facilities at police stations, which increases the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. The conditions of detention are sometimes sub-standard, overcrowded and deny children their rights, such as the right to legal representation, parental access, and appropriate standards of health. Detention rarely results in the child’s reintegration and the child assuming a constructive role in society, which should be the objective of any justice intervention in line with the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).

 

In addition, children’s cases are often processed through justice systems designed for adults that are not adapted to children’s rights and specific needs. 

 

Source: www.dpp.go.ug | Published: April 27, 2016

 

 

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In April 2016, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions launched the Handbook on ‘Prosecuting Child-Related Cases in Uganda’ with the support of UNICEF. The handbook clearly outlines the roles of prosecutors, police and other justice officials in responding to children who come in contact or in conflict with the law. 

Following the launch, the DPP held trainings for police and prosecutors on child friendly justice in Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Masaka and Soroti. The trainings covered topics from the handbook, including the means of ensuring a child sensitive justice response through tailored interview techniques; the priority to find alternative measures to detention for children; specialised responses for survivors of sexual and gender based violence; and capacity development on the emerging area of online child protection. 

On 17 and 18 May in Arua, 21 officers from the DPP and Uganda Police Force received the training. Highlights from the sessions included the importance of children’s cases being dismissed or processed through the courts within 3 months. This linked into discussion on the necessity to strengthen the practice of diversion, whereby children who commit petty offences can be released from custody, or redirected to counselling or community service. 

On 19 and 20 May in Gulu, 16 officers from the DPP and UPF were trained. Notable discussions included the importance of medical examinations for survivors of sexual violence, and the need for sensitised coordination between all justice actors on children’s cases. 

Overall, the trainings strengthened the abilities of DPP and UPF officers in the districts to respond to cases in line with the unique needs and best interests of children. 

 

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:42

Statement on the death of Ms. Joan Kagezi

 

The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) joins the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the entire country in mourning the untimely death of Ms. Joan Kagezi who was shot dead yesterday on March 30, 2015 near her home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb at approximately 7.00 pm. Ms. Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal State Attorney and Ag. Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of the International Crimes Section. The sector condemns, in the strongest terms this barbaric and heinous act meted on an innocent civilian, a dedicated civil servant and mother.

Ms. Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International Crimes Division of the High Court.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector further celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG). Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims. Ms Kagezi also served the sector diligently as the alternate chairperson of the Criminal Justice Working group

The assailants, through their evil act may have robbed this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.

Our deepest condolences go to her family, especially her beautiful children in whose presence their mother was brutally murdered.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector through the relevant State Institutions will not rest until the perpetrators and masterminds of this criminal act are brought to justice.

 

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 ISSUED BY: The JLOS Secretariat Published: March 31, 2015

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