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Title:Taking stock of the first arrest warrants of the International Criminal Court
Author:Kasaija, Phillip ApuuliISNI
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:International Criminal Court
peace negotiations
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bctaking-stock-of-the-first-arrest-warrants-of-the-international-criminal-court/
Abstract:For the last twenty years the Government of Uganda and the rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have battled each other in Northern Uganda. In 2004, President Yoweri Museveni referred the situation in Northern Uganda to the nascent International Criminal Court (ICC). In October 2005, the ICC Prosecutor unsealed the warrants of arrest for the top five leaders of the LRA. This paper assesses the first indictments issued by the ICC. It argues that whereas the indicted LRA leaders have not been arrested yet, the warrants have put pressure on the LRA to talk peace with the government. Moreover, the warrants have brought the ICC and traditional justice into focus. While the ICC is insisting that the indicted LRA leaders must be arrested and punished, the view in Northern Uganda is that they should be dealt with under the traditional justice mechanisms of the Acholi. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]