10 October 2005 by -

It was an unusual week at the International Criminal Court (ICC), with The Hague strangely silent while in New York the UN envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] revealed the ICC's first arrest warrant. Confusingly, the office of the prosecutor announced a press conference on Friday 7 October in The Hague, only to cancel it. On the same day, it was Kampala who finally made the official announcement. "The [ICC] investigation is complete and the court has taken a decision," the Ugandan defense minister told the news agency IRIN.

15 December 2010 by Leiuh Asuman Wakida and Priscilla Nadunga

Almost seven years after Uganda gave the names of the top Lord’s Resistance Army commanders to the International Criminal Court, the country remains divided as to which path should be taken towards justice. Some Ugandan public figures are again calling for the formation of a truth and reconciliation body.


While in New York on 6 October, William Swing, head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), announced at a press conference that arrest warrants had been issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group in Northern Uganda. A week before, the American diplomat had already told the Security Council about the arrest warrants in closed session. His notes were leaked to a Reuters reporter, who was first to spread the news. After months of preparing the first round of arrest warrants, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo had to watch silently while others spoke out and vented opinions about still sealed documents. In terms of a communication strategy, it was a remarkable fiasco.

Vincent Otti