RELEASE: 10 June 2010
Chief Prosecutor challenged to account for
The refusal of the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to open an investigation against President Yoweri Museveni and other government officials in relation to alleged atrocities committed by Ugandan government forces demonstrates the court's complete lack of impartiality, ICCwatch contends.
ICCwatch director, Marc Glendening, has written to Mr Ocampo to challenge him to account for why he has failed to initiate any investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out by the Ugandan president and government (see below).
The fact that the ICC's Review Conference has been taking place in Kampala has focused local public attention on the court and its partisan, politically motivated attitude towards Ugandan affairs. In 2007 Mr Ocampo caused huge controversy by staging a joint press conference with President Museveni to outline how the case against Joseph Kony and four other Lord's Resistance Army commanders was progressing. The chief prosecutor was strongly urged by his deputy, Serge Brammertz, among other ICC officials not to proceed with the event as it would totally undermine the court's claim to be an impartial force for universal justice. The notoriously arrogant Ocampo brushed aside these protestations and proceeded with the event. Mr Brammertz resigned his office.
his speech to the Review conference on May 31st, Mr Ocampo referred to the crimes
committed by the Lords Resistance Army, but conveniently made no mention of the
allegations of Ugandan government sponsored brutality in northern Uganda and within
the DRC. This is all the more surprising since in 2008 the United Nation's Court
of International Justice found Uganda guilty of having carried out massive human
rights abuses in the DRC, including the burning alive of villagers, mass rape
and the theft of precious minerals. President Musevini's government was ordered
to pay $10million in compensation and so far has refused to do so.
Marc Glendening in his letter to Mr Ocampo says:
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