October 21, 2016

Uganda Undecided On ICC Withdrawal

Uganda Undecided On ICC Withdrawal


Uganda is not yet sure if it will leave the International Criminal Court (ICC), the AP news agency reports.

One of its journalists asked Deputy Foreign Minister Oryem Okello what the country’s position is on the ICC following South Africa’s announcement that it is pulling out.

Joseph Kony of the Lord's Resistance Army has been indicted by the ICC at Uganda's request
Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army has been indicted by the ICC at Uganda’s request

 

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has in recent years been one of the ICC’s most vocal critics, but his government referred some Lord’s Resistance Army cases to the court when it was first established.

Okello told AP that the issue should be discussed by the African Union as a whole and it’s likely to be a “hot issue” at the next AU summit.

South Africa’s

Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the controversy last year over South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir had forced the country to carefully consider the implications of remaining part of the court.

President Bashir, who is wanted for alleged crimes committed in Darfur, was in South Africa for an African Union summit.

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