The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region – Regional Training Facility (ICGLR-RTF) has asked the government to introduce specialized courts to handle cases of gender-based violence.
Speaking on behalf of the body, Regional Director Mr. Mwesigye Nathan Byamukama revealed that the move would restrain actors of gender based violence.
Noting this, Byamukama was speaking to the press, shortly after the meet of partners held on Thursday, August 16 at the offices in Munyonyo, Kampala.
“There are courts for criminal cases, others for land, so we are saying that we should also have specific courts for Sexual violence related cases,” said Mwesigye.
He added: ” We have a lot of case backlog and many unresolved cases and this has left many people getting disappointed. This has left many injustices to the victim and loss of confidence in courts.”
It should be noted that Uganda is still registering high rates of gender sexual and gender based violence cases.
It was also recently revealed by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, that about six out ten, of the victims make it to the courts of law.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) include rape, defilement, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation among others.
“SGBV affects women and girls as well men and boys, and poses a serious threats to security and sustainable economic development in the Great lakes region,” Mwesigye concluded.
The SGBV has a destructive impact on the lives, health, physical, sexual, psychological, social and economic well-being of victim and the community.
Member states of the Great lakes region include Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, DR Congo, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
The mandate of the ICGL-RTF is to train and sensitize judicial officers, social workers, medical officers, police units and all those individuals handling cases of sexual violence in the Great lakes region.
The meeting at Munyonyo was attended by ambassadors from Group of Friends of ICGLR, Member states of ICGLR, co-opted members of ICGLR, existing partners such as the Dutch Government, United Nations bodies and institutions such as World Bank.