Truce Reached in Uganda: The ICC’s Dilemma Continues
The BBC reports that the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army has reached a truce in the 20 year civil war that may eventually lead to a comprehensive peace agreement.
As we noted on this blog, the apparent success of this round of peace talks has been an informal assurance by the International Criminal Court that it would not pursue enforcement of arrest warrants againsg the rebel LRA leaders. But, as far as I know, the arrest warrants have not been formally withdrawn so the ICC could still be planning to seek enforcement at some point in the future. In fact, because the LRA is going to withdraw into southern Sudan under the truce, the ICC could (and probably already has) demanded that the Sudanese government arrest the LRA leaders.
At the end of the day, the ICC will probably have to choose between justice or peace. This is an agonizing choice, but a necessary one.