NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group appeared before the tribunal’s judges in The Hague today.
Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 15:14 GMT
Abducted by gunmen as a 10-year-old boy on his way to school, Dominic Ongwen rose to become one of the most feared commanders in Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The former child soldier, now in his mid-30s, made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He was transferred to the ICC in The Hague last week following his surrender to US special forces earlier this month in the Central African Republic.
A total of 139,276 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 88,066 in Adjumani, 12,503 in Arua, 31,369 in Kiryandongo and 7,338 in Kampala.
There were 1,027 new arrivals during the reporting period.
The Government of Uganda mass polio vaccination campaign for under-fives began on 17th January across all settlements and refugee hosting areas.
Dominic Ongwen arrived at the ICC detention center in the Hague. FIDH and FHRI welcome this important step towards accountability for thousands of victims of the most atrocious crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda.
"The transfer of Dominic Ongwen to the ICC is a major event. It is a clear signal that while justice may take time, justice prevails", declared our organizations. "Ongwen should now be held accountable for the charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes he has been facing for the last 10 years".
A total of 137,992 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 87,492 in Adjumani, 12,450 in Arua, 30,755 in Kiryandongo and 7,295 in Kampala.
Ongwen First Lord’s Resistance Army Suspect to Appear in The Hague
(Brussels, January 21, 2015) – The transfer of a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an important opportunity to achieve a measure of justice for crimes committed by the rebel group, Human Rights Watch said today. Dominic Ongwen arrived in the Netherlands on January 21, 2015, to face charges of four counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity committed in 2004 in northern Uganda.
Case: The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen
Dominic Ongwen, against whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes, is currently escorted by an ICC delegation that has left Central African Republic heading to the ICC detention centre in The Hague (Netherlands). On 17 January 2015, Dominic Ongwen was transferred to the ICC's custody.
This report updates UNHCR South Sudan’s Protection Monitoring Report n.3 of 31 December 2014. Three merging events were noted during this reporting period:
• At the end of December and early January ‘15, a decrease in the number of South Sudanese crossing over to Uganda and registered in Elegu Reception Centre was observed. However, this changed again by the second week of January. A slight increase in the number of ethnic Madi individuals from Pageri Administration (Nimule, Opari, Loa, Arapi and Mugali) has been witnessed.
Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans in Karamoja increased slightly as harvests come to an end in most households especially Kotido. Also, goat prices increased during the festival season.
The terms of trade (goat/maize) improved in December mainly due to the increase in goat prices. However, the ToT for daily wage against maize grain continued to deteriorate.
The impending transfer of Dominic Ongwen, alleged former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality at the hands of the LRA for more than two decades, said Amnesty International today.
KAMPALA, 14 January 2015 (IRIN) - Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a longstanding Ugandan rebellion, will soon be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to face trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Tuesday 1/13/2015 - 14:40 GMT
by Grace MATSIKO
Captured Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen will be sent to the International Criminal Court to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Uganda's military said Tuesday.
Ongwen, who is in the custody of US special forces after surrendering in the Central African Republic last week, has been sought by the ICC for almost a decade to face charges including murder, enslavement, inhumane acts and directing attacks against civilians.
1/12/2015 - 18:37 GMT
Captured Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen, wanted by the International Criminal Court, has urged ex-comrades to come out of the bush and end their rebellion, a report said Monday.
Ongwen, who surrendered to US special forces in the Central African Republic last week, also said he would get a pardon from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, according to an audio interview broadcast on Uganda's NTV television station.
Kampala has not responded to the claims.
January 10, 2015 (KAMPLA) - South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have asked government to prioritise peace and stability in the young nation before organising this year’s elections set for June.
Several refugees Sudan Tribune spoke to doubt possibilities of holding free and fair polls in the country.
Martha Nyawuora, 25, said government’s main priority should be peace to enable the displaced population return to their homes.
Ensure Ongwen’s Immediate Access to Counsel
(Nairobi, January 10, 2015) – The United States, Uganda, and the Central African Republic should ensure the prompt transfer of a rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. In 2005, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Dominic Ongwen for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Olushayo Olu, Abdulmumini Usman, Solomon Woldetsadik, Dick Chamla and Oladapo Walker
Conflict and Health 2015, 9:1 doi:10.1186/1752-1505-9-1
Published: 7 January 2015
7 January 2015
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Following reports that Dominic Ongwen has surrendered to the US forces, Amnesty International is calling for his immediate transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial.
1/7/2015 - 14:38 GMT
by Grace Matsiko
A top commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel army has surrendered and is now in the custody of US forces, the Ugandan army confirmed Wednesday.
Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said top LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and war crimes, gave himself up in Central African Republic.
This report updates UNHCR South Sudan’s Protection Monitoring Report of 10 December 2014
In late November 2014, UNHCR observed and documented a significant increase in the number of South Sudanese crossing at the Nimule border post seeking asylum in Uganda. Media in early December reported an increased presence of army and security forces in Nimule area. Local and state authorities circulated in the area in the past two weeks to assure people that the situation is calm.
Displacement however continues today.