4th August 2016
Court proceedings pertaining to human rights abuses including sexual exploitation and indiscriminate civilian killings in Somalia have begun in public hearings before Uganda's military court, with media coverage. This is an important step towards increased transparency and helps to put concerns over the fairness of the trial at rest. However, other involved regional actors that were also involved in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have taken no steps towards setting up military trials. Hopefully the Ugandan efforts will serve as a positive example for the other troop contributors to pursue action against key individuals who participated in human rights abuses.