Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Gulu

PO Box 200

Lucy Akello Opolot
+256772576006; +256716576006
The evolution of JPC in the Archdiocese of Gulu began gradually in the 1990s with the eventual formaion of two committees in Kitgum and Gulu deanries respectively.
In 2001, the two committees were merged to form a full Commission with eleven members. The commission meets four times in a year. It has offices in the three districts of Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, with Gulu being the head office.
In 2001, the Commissions of the dioceses within the Ecclesiastical Province of the Archdiocese of Gulu conveived the idea of working jointly at this level. Accordingly, in 2005 a Liaison Office was opened in Kampala to coordinate this function and provide technical support.
Their Work: 
The work of the Commission is undertaken through eight (8) programme areas:
•Community peace building in schools and in the community through the parish “justice & peace committees” which are committees of the parish council;
•Paralegal services and education to serve the communities in the internally displaced peoples (IDP) camp and providing human rights education;
•Research and documentation including the publication of a monthly newsletter;
•Partnership with people directly affected by the war in northern Uganda to provide proactive communnity dialogue between communities;
•Animating community peace dialogue between communities especially with the pastoralist Karamoja who borders us to the East;
•Cross-border peace building with our counter-parts in South Sudan; the dioceses of Torit, Yei and the Archdiocese of Juba;
•Strengthening the work of the Commission Offices in the dioceses of the Province; Lira, Arua, & Nebbi;
•Civic education.
Program Priorities: 
•Strengthening peace building in the community and with the Sudanese counter-parts;
•Consolidating the Ecclesiastical vision for harmony, co-existence and peace;
•Civic education and election monitoring;
•Institutional and staff capacity building;
•Collaboration with other Commissions, eg Caritas, Pastoral, etc.;
•Resource mobilization.