The International Criminal Court ICC has called on state parties to step up providing assistance to victim survivors. ICC is commemorating 20 years of the signing of the Rome Statute which established Hague-based court.
The Lords Resistance Army LRA rebel attacks on civilians in Central African Republic CAR and neighbouring countries are on a decline, the LRA Crisis Tracker reveals. Brigadier Richard Karemire, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF spokesperson, says that the decline in abductions and attacks shows that the LRA is no more. He says thats why the UPDF started withdrawing from CAR, adding that they have neutralised the rebel capacity to make war.
The International Criminal Court ICC is celebrating 15 years of the Rome Statute, its founding treaty today. The Court is inviting people around the world to tell their stories about being 15, and how events in their youth shaped their sense of justice.
He faces 12 Confirmed counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and 53 alternative charges for crimes allegedly committed during the insurgency in northern Uganda. They include willful killing, kidnap with intent to murder and destruction of property among others.
A third prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court ICC has told Judges that the LRA rebel commander was once caned 200 times for defying leader Joseph Konys orders.
The defence lawyer in the trial of former Lords Resistance Army LRA rebel commander Dominic Ongwen has branded the second prosecution witness as not the right one. Witness P-403, a member of the Office of the Prosecutor OTP staffing, appeared during cross-examination to explain how Ugandas security agencies intercepted LRA radio communications.
ICC Senior Trial Lawyer Benjamin Gumpert told the Judges that seven of the victims who will testify in the Court as witnesses are women raped by Ongwen. The lawyer says Ongwen forced them to be his wives and produced children with them against their will.
Over 4000 victims of the LRA-led rebellion in Northern Uganda have been granted status by the court to participate in the proceedings. However, it remains unclear how many of these will be called upon to testify against Dominic Ongwen.
Through their legal representatives, victims are accorded participation right to consult the record of the files, right to be notified of documents filed, general right to attend and participate in case hearings, make written submissions or observations and question witnesses. Trial Chambers might grant additional rights.
The appeal, embedded in the annual report of the ICC, comes barely a week after three African countries -- South Africa, Burundi and Gambia -- announced their intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the Court. They claim the court has been used to persecute African leaders.
Muyita told URN, that although the court has enough money for the usual cases, it requires at least 400 million to try Kwoyelo under the International Crimes Division. During the trial, all judges under the International Criminal Division will be moved to Gulu for a period of not less than one month.
Charles Kamuli, a representative of the DPP informed court president over by justice Lydia Mugambe that they intend to adduce 113 witnesses to prove their case against Kwoyelo. Kamuli further told court that witnesses will be protected under the available witness protection mechanisms. This also includes the use of pseudonyms, masking witnesses and testifying in judges chambers where needed.
Bensouda says that among the five arrest warrants initially issued by the Court in 2005, only two remain outstanding. They include senior LRA commanders Joseph Kony and Vincent Otti who is believed to be dead. Apart from them, there are no ICC arrest warrants outstanding for any other LRA soldiers, she adds.
Dominic Ongwen, himself a former child soldier who rose through the ranks of the Lords Resistance Army, faces 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. He is among others, accused of slaughtering civilians and ordering cannibalism.