Why is Museveni Allowing Dominic Ongwen to be Sent to the ICC?

‘In fact, Museveni’s ‘concession’ to the ICC is more likely to be a calculated political maneuver, rather than a renewed appreciation for the benefits of international justice. There are at least four reasons why Museveni would be well advised politically to surrender Dominic Ongwen to the ICC.’

Justice in Conflict

The following post is by Barrie Sander, a Ph.D. Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). Barrie, currently on exchange at Harvard Law School, focuses his research on historical narratives and conceptions of justice in the international criminal context.

Dominic Ongwen ICC Dominic Ongwen (Photo Source: Unknown)

Earlier this week, a Ugandan army spokesman confirmed that Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander in the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), was to be transferred by the Central African Republic (CAR) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The news followed last week’s revelations that Ongwen had been taken into US custody and the call by numerous civil society groups demanding Ongwen’s transfer to The Hague (see, for example, here, here and here).

It has subsequently transpired that Dominic Ongwen has been handed over to Ugandan troops in the CAR. Last week, Mark convincingly argued that…

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