ICC calls for cooperation in arresting Ugandan rebel leaders
ICC calls for cooperation in arresting Ugandan rebel leaders

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has called for global cooperation in the arrest of five members of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [Global Security profile; BBC backgrounder], during a report [PDF text; ICC press release] Tuesday to the UN General Assembly. The ICC, which issued warrants [JURIST report] for LRA leader Joseph Kony [ICC arrest warrant, PDF] and his deputies for the killing of thousands of civilians and the enslavement of thousands more boys and girls, requested assistance from all nations since it has no police force of its own. Judge Phillippe Kirsch [official profile], Canadian president of the tribunal, said that with "sufficient cooperation in the arrest and surrender of persons, the first trials could begin next year." Last month, the Sudan government pledged its cooperation [JURIST report] in the ICC's efforts to apprehend the rebel leaders. AP has more.