Addressing Uganda’s Unlawful Prosecutions of Civilians in Military Courts
This report documents the pattern of trials of civilians before military courts, the ways in which such trials violate international legal principles, and the steps Uganda should take to address these fair-trial violations. Since 2002, military courts in Uganda have prosecuted over 1,000 civilians on charges under the criminal code, such as murder and armed robbery. A 2006 Ugandan Constitutional Court ruling, upheld on appeal in 2009 before the Supreme Court and consistent with international law, that military courts are not competent to try civilians accused of common crimes has not been enforced.
- Righting Military Injustice
- I. Overview of Military Court Structure in Uganda
- II. Prosecution of Civilians before Military Courts
- III. Current Prosecutions of Civilians before Military Courts
- IV. International Law on Civilians before Military Courts
- V. Ending Prosecution of Civilians before Military Courts