Press Notice 33, Session 2006-07

Evidence session on the prospects for sustainable peace in Uganda

Wednesday 4 July 2007 at 9:45 am

[Venue  to be confirmed]

The Committee will take evidence in public from the Secretary of State for International Development, officials and other witnesses on prospects for sustainable peace in Uganda at 9.45 am on Wednesday 4 July at the House of Commons.

The Juba peace negotiations between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army have been hailed as the best chance of achieving an end to 20 years of conflict in Northern Uganda. The Committee intends to hold an evidence session following up its report on Conflict and Development: peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and focusing on the prospects for sustainable peace in Uganda.

The Committee is interested in addressing the following issues at the evidence session:

• What the impact has been of the International Criminal Court warrants on the prospects for peace.

• Whether there is a tension between the need for peace and the requirement for justice. (And if so, how best this can be addressed.)

• How International Criminal Court and national processes, including traditional forms of justice, can combine to combat impunity and foster justice and reconciliation.

• How best grievances, against the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda, can be addressed.

• How the international community can help to create the conditions for sustainable peace and re-development in the north.

Submission of written evidence

The Committee invites short submissions from individuals and organisations with relevant direct expertise and experience on these issues by 15 June 2007.

Evidence submitted should:

- if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. The letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details

- begin with a one-page summary if it is longer than six pages

- have numbered paragraphs

- avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material.

Submissions can also be sent by post to International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm;

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office.  If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.  Please bear in mind that select committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Detailed enquiries to Dr Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 2738 or [email protected]

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Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

Committee Contact: Dr Anna Dickson, 020 7219 2738 or [email protected]

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, 020 7219 1589 or [email protected]

Committee website: www.parliament.uk/indcom

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