Koenders calls LRA commander’s arrival at the ICC ‘a step forwards in battle against impunity’
‘The arrival of Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, in The Hague to be tried at the International Criminal Court is a big step forwards in the battle against impunity,’ said foreign minister Bert Koenders. Responding to Uganda’s extradition of Ongwen, he added, ‘The three other fugitive LRA leaders, including Joseph Kony, need to appear before the ICC too.’
Mr Ongwen surrendered last week to US troops in the Central African Republic. He stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC issued a warrant of arrest for him in 2005.
The Lord's Resistance Army is a North Ugandan rebel group. Founded in 1987 and led since then by Joseph Kony, the group has been waging war in Uganda and neighbouring countries for more than 20 years. It regularly uses boys as child soldiers to commit atrocities and girls to serve as sex slaves.