Uganda takes steps to domesticate terror laws

The Uganda National Committee of International Humanitarian Law has begun discussing the implementation of several pieces of international law relating to chemical and biological weaponry that it has previously ratified but not enacted.

Of the international law instruments being debated are the 1972 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and Their Destruction and the 1993 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and Their Destruction, reports.

The national committee was formed in March 2010, but this is the first time that it has met to discuss how to make these laws part of Uganda’s legal system, according to The meeting was held in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to Chris Black of the ICRC, Uganda and much of the rest of the world have previously held a relaxed attitude toward implementing the conventions to which they have become signatories. Black used the 1949 Geneva Convention as an example, stating that although 194 states have agreed to the convention, only 91 national committees exist to facilitate its domestication.

The Uganda National Committee of International Law is headed by Apollo Kazungu, a commissioner in the office of the Prime Minister. The committee has representatives from the ministries of defense, internal affairs, justice, foreign affairs, finance, gender, labor and social development, and the parliament.

Kazungu told that there is no time limit to implementing the conventions, but he said that it will happen.