In an address at NUMEC, ICC President Calls on Media to Create Awareness about Justice

ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi and the Chair board of the Trust  Fund for Victims Fund(TVF) Motoo Noguch addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Northern Uganda Media Club in Gulu(Photo by Irene Abalo)

By Gladys Oroma

The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi has on called the media in Uganda to report and create awareness about justice.

Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi was on Tuesday Feb 28 addressing international and local journalists at the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC).

“You the media have a key role in explaining our activities to the community and raising awareness about the importance of justice,” Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi who is also one of the Judges hearing the case against former Lords Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen said.

The ICC President who was on a visit in Uganda last week was accompanied by the  Chairperson  and board member of  the Trust Fund  for Victims(TFV),  Motoo Noguchi and Mama Koite Doumbia. TFV is an autonomous body attached to the ICC.

The ICC President and the TFV board members visited several assistance projects for war victims in Gulu.

Former Lords Resistance Army(LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is facing trial  at the ICC  for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in northern Uganda.

The LRA and the Ugandan government fought a gruesome two-decade long war that left  the majority of the population in northern Uganda displaced in what the government called ”Internally Displaced Persons” camps.

The war left many war victims currently agitating for justice and reparations.

The ICC and TFV press conference at NUMEC is one of the several that has over the years been held at the media facility.

NUMEC is a Gulu- based media development organization that also offers press conference facilities  and a media resource centre where on average eight journalists work on any given week day.

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