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World War Crimes Court Opens Uganda Probe

Reuters, USA
July 29, 2004 • Thursday July 29, 2004

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into allegations of human rights abuses in northern Uganda after the country’s government made charges against a rebel group, it said Thursday.

America’s fight against the ICC
The USA, known throughout the world for employing double standards on human rights issues, fights the International Criminal Court. Afraid of being held accountable for its war crimes, the US lies about the ICC. In addition, it bribes and threathens countries into siding with Washington.
Former Nuremberg prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz:
the American public has been deceived” (RealPlayer)

Last December Uganda asked the Hague-based ICC, the first permanent world court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity, to investigate charges of abuses by the cult-like Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Uganda accuses the rebel group of systematically mutilating young Ugandans, forcing boys to become child soldiers and abducting girls as sex slaves.

The ICC says reports indicate that over 17 years the LRA has abducted some 20,000 children, terrorized villages, burned houses and looted shops.

“We are investigating any crimes committed in northern Uganda after July 2002. We have the full support for this from the authorities in Uganda,” ICC prosecution spokesman Christian Palme said. He declined to say how long the investigation would last.

The court’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, said in January there could be a court case against the leaders of the LRA as early as next year.

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