Thursday, October 06, 2005

ICC Watch: Arrest Warrants Issued for Ugandan Rebels

The International Criminal Court has issued indictments for the five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. These are the first warrants the ICC has ever issued, although the ICC website has no official info on these warrants.

According to a U.N. official, the notifications went out last week to the governments of Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where a remnant of the LRA has taken refuge. It will be interesting to see the reaction of these governments.

It will also be interesting to see whether these arrest warrants will interfere with the ongoing peace negotiations in Uganda. The ICC Prosecutor has made great efforts to show its political sensibility, but, as I noted here and here, it is entering dangerous ground.