Uganda: DejA� vu for Africa – Bashir Goes in and Out of Uganda Unscathed

Reports have confirmed that President Bashir was welcomed in Uganda this week for President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in ceremony as Museveni celebrates yet another term in office. ByANGELA MUDUKUTI.

Bashir’s presence in Uganda is particularly disturbing as Uganda is a signatory to the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and hence the east African nation has a duty under international law to arrest Bashir. Yet no such action was taken.

Uganda signed the Rome Statute in 17 March 1999 and deposited its instrument of ratification in June 2002. The ICC’s very first cases were as a result of Uganda referring itself to the court and so it is quite ironic that now they welcome a suspected perpetrator of egregious crimes.

Though ironic, it is not entirely surprising as Uganda’s anti-ICC rhetoric has increased significantly since the indictment of President Bashir in 2009.

In 2004 Museveni saw fit to refer a situation with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to the ICC, having conceded that he was unable to adequately address the issue. The ICC

Source: Daily Maverick

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