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Information about the activities of the International Criminal Court in relation to Uganda.


Matsanga cleared over ICC witness meddling
CapitalFM News - 13 April 2013

"The International Criminal Court has now terminated investigations against Ugandan peace negotiator David Matsanga over alleged witness tampering. Matsanga was notified of the decision to terminate his case in an email sent to him from The Hague signed by one of the court’s prosecutors, Adesola Adeboyejo .."


Uganda lawmakers rally against ICC
PressTV - 12 April 2013

"Uganda lawmakers are raising serious questions over what they say is the selective justice and double standards of the international Criminal Court. Many politicians argue that the International Criminal Court has become a vehicle for pursuing neocolonial interests in Africa ..."


ICC a regime change tool - Museveni
The Herald - 11 April 2013

"UGANDA President Yoweri Museveni has slammed the abuse of the International Criminal Court by Western nations saying the institution was being used as a regime change tool in Africa ..."


Ugandan President Museveni praises voters for ‘ignoring ICC’
Saturday Nation - 9 April 2013

"Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Tuesday hit out at The Hague-based court as President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the West not to overstretch international treaties. Mr Museveni, who accused the International Criminal Court of blackmailing Kenyans and whose government presented the first African case to the ICC, claimed the court was being abused by some people for their own agenda ..."


Imposed justice and the need for sustainable peace in Uganda
Dr Chris Dolan, Refugee Law Project (pdf)

"More specifically, I want to make the point that, on its own, the ICC can never be regarded as bringing justice to war-affected countries, and that, if justice is to be done and seen to be done, it requires a far broader effort ... "


Diary from northern Uganda
by Owiny Lakaragic - IRIN Africa

"I have heard [LRA deputy leader Vincent] Otti on the radio saying he will not die alone, he will take us down with him. We don’t want to risk more war. So I’m begging the International Criminal Court to drop their case and let peace come to northern Uganda ... In Acholiland we have Mato oput and that’s what we want to use for the rebels. It’s the traditional ceremony we use for reconciliation. The elders of the two clans come together, one admits wrong-doing and then drinks the juice of a tree’s bitter roots. We come together, eat together, we slaughter a sheep and drink local beer together ..."


Why the ICC must stop impeding Juba process
Global Policy Forum

"Despite offering credible prospects for peace following twenty-one years of conflict in northern Uganda, the Juba peace negotiations are threatened by the possibility that the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not defer to local Ugandan mechanisms which are suitable for addressing issues of accountability. The ICC was created in part to contribute to the prevention of human rights abuses, but its failure to accommodate the peace talks might ironically contribute to moving Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels back into open conflict and reigniting the humanitarian catastrophe in northern
Uganda ... "


Advocacy, the International Criminal Court and the conflict in Northern Uganda
by Tim Raby, Tearfund - Humanitarian Practice Network

"The role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the conflict in Northern Uganda has been controversial from the moment the Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, announced the start of its investigations in January 2004 ... "


Uganda: Give peace a chance, northern leaders tell ICC
IRINnews, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

"The decision by Interpol to issue wanted person's notices against several Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leaders will scuttle ongoing efforts to peacefully end the war in northern Uganda and may escalate the violence there, religious leaders in the war-affected region said on Friday ... "


Uganda: Mixed feelings about ICC warrants
Global Policy Forum

"Civilians forced into refugee camps by the rebel LRA group are divided on whether prosecution or amnesty is the better option ... "


Will ICC prosecutions threaten Ugandan peace process?

"As the International Criminal Court seeks the arrest of top rebel leaders in northern Uganda, some of those involved in the peace process say it is not the right time for prosecutions ... "


ICC indictments to affect northern peace efforts, says mediator
IRINnews - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

"The decision by the International Criminal Court's (ICC) to issue arrest warrants for the leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has changed the dynamics of ongoing peace talks between the Uganda government and the rebels, the mediator said. "You can no longer talk to the LRA as before, the dynamics have changed. The situation is different and I would not like to talk to the LRA now because the ICC has not yet given me details of the warrant," Betty Bigombe told IRIN on Monday ... "


New world court faces unexpected trials in Uganda
Global Policy Forum

"Analysts say [the ICC] expected local applause for launching an investigation last July into atrocities by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its elusive leader Joseph Kony. But one year on -- with arrest warrants for the self-styled mystic and five of his commanders expected to be issued next month -- the probe remains controversial, and Ugandans are divided over what impact it will have on the war ... "


ICC under fire over Uganda probe
Global Policy Forum

"By intervening in northern Uganda's 18-year civil war, the International Criminal Court is in danger of perpetuating it, according to NGOs and international bodies concerned about the court's fledgling investigation ... "


Peace First, Justice Later: Traditional justice in Northern Uganda
- a Global Policy Forum study (pdf)

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