n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Taking stock of the first arrest warrants of the International Criminal Court

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


For the last twenty years the Government of Uganda and the rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have battled each other in Northern Uganda. In 2004, President Yoweri Museveni referred the situation in Northern Uganda to the nascent International Criminal Court (ICC). In October 2005, the ICC Prosecutor unsealed the warrants of arrest for the top five leaders of the LRA. This paper assesses the first indictments issued by the ICC. It argues that whereas the indicted LRA leaders have not been arrested yet, the warrants have put pressure on the LRA to talk peace with the government.

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