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ICJ Orders Uganda to Pay DRC 325 Million Dollars for illegal Occupation

By Our Reporter

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Uganda has been ordered to pay $325m (£240m) to the Democratic Republic of Congo for its role in the conflict there.

 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled yesterday 9th February 2022 that Uganda had violated international norms as an occupying force between 1998 and 2003.

 

The judges found that Uganda was responsible for the deaths of 10-15,000 people in the eastern Ituri region.

 

Ugandan troops were also found to have looted gold, diamonds and timber.

 

“The court notes that the reparation awarded to the DRC for damage to persons and to property reflects the harm suffered by individuals and communities as a result of Uganda’s breach of its international obligations,” the court’s president, US judge Joan E Donoghue, said.

 

The compensation order came more than 15 years after the UN court ruled in a complex, 119-page judgement that fighting by Ugandan troops in DRC breached international law. In 2005 the ICJ ruled that Uganda had to pay reparations, but they were never paid.

 

DR Congo had demanded $11bn but the judges dismissed several parts of the claim and decided on a far lower amount.

 

The ICJ ordered Uganda to pay five annual instalments of $65m between 2022 and 2026, with the first instalment due in September.

 

Uganda had argued that the billions demanded by DR Congo would destroy its economy. The court said its order would be “within the capacity of Uganda to pay”.

 

The $325m covers:

 

$225m for damages to persons

$40m for damages to property

$60m for the looted resources

 

In its judgment, the court said: “The reparation awarded to the DRC for damage to persons and to property reflects the harm suffered by individuals and communities as a result of Uganda’s breach of its international obligations.”

 

DR Congo filed a case against Uganda in 1999 for acts of armed aggression committed against it and its citizens. It accused Ugandan soldiers of looting and human rights violations.

 

Numerous armed groups have been wreaking havoc in mineral-rich eastern DR Congo for decades. In the 1990s, troops from Uganda and Rwanda twice invaded their much larger neighbour DR Congo, working with local militias to topple the government. They argued that they had intervened to stop the conflict in DR Congo from spilling across their borders.

 

The court’s decision is final with no recourse to appeal, but the world court has no means of enforcing its verdict.

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