African governments continue to defy the International Criminals Court as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir attends inauguration of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
International rights body has urged the East African country to uphold the Court by arresting Al-Bashir who is wanted for war crimes.
“Uganda must immediately arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and hand him over to the International Criminal Court (ICC),” Amnesty International said today in a statement.
Al-Bashir arrived in Kampala this morning to attend the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni.
The Ugandan parliament passed the International Criminal Court Bill which fully incorporated the law of the ICC into Ugandan law. The bill also provides for the arrest and surrender of suspects to the ICC.
“Uganda must face up to its international obligations and arrest Omar Al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.
“As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Uganda has an absolute obligation to surrender him to the ICC. Failure to do so would be a breach of its duty and would be a cruel betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of people killed and displaced during the Darfur conflict.”
This is the second time that al-Bashir will likely skip arrest in an ICC signatory country, the first in recent months was South Africa.
The Supreme Court of South Africa called the behaviour of South African authorities “disgraceful” for their failure to arrest President Al-Bashir according to their obligations under South African legislation implementing the Rome Statute, when he travelled to Johannesburg to attend the African Union Summit in June 2015.