Uganda names rebels wanted by ICC; pledges arrests

Uganda names rebels wanted by ICC; pledges arrests

[JURIST] Uganda's defense minister Friday released the names of five men wanted in connection for cruelties suffered at the hands of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [Global Security profile; BBC backgrounder] after receiving arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court [JURIST report]. Amama Mbabazi said the ICC [official website] distributed the warrants to Uganda, the Congo and Sudan, where the men are thought to be hiding, and said that if the international community does not assist in the arrests, Uganda will "do the job." The LRA has killed thousands of civilians, forced over a million more to leave their homes, and kidnapped over 30,000 children, making them become fighters or concubines. The arrest warrants are for the LRA's leader, Joseph Kony, and his deputies. The warrants are the first in the history of the three-year old ICC, which has been investigating the situation in the Congo since June 2004 [press release]. AP has more.