ARLPI’S POSITION ON THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)
The search for sustainable peace in northern Uganda has been complex where several methods have been used in an attempt to bring an end to the suffering of the people. The most pronounced methods have been the military option, dialogue, and the intervention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) through the issuing of arrest warrants to the five top leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Despite all attempts, today the conflict rages on and has sadly spread affecting the entire region.
The Religious Leaders who make up the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI), have struggled to accept the role the ICC has played in northern Uganda. While they also desire to see justice and peace flow throughout the region, they recognize the potential of the indictments to derail the small steps which have been made to find a nonviolent resolution to the conflict through dialogue.
For years ARLPI has advocated for the suspension of the ICC indictments in order to ensure that dialogue is given it's rightful chance to succeed. This has taken the form of briefings, press releases, meetings with dignitaries and even visits to the Hague. Sadly to date, all efforts have not met their goal.
ARLPI recognizes the ICC as a legal world body along with the Rome Statute to which Uganda is a signatory and it's attempt to address issues of impunity around the world. ARLPI by no means is against the formation of the ICC as a structure and supports the important role it can play to stand up against injustice, however ARLPI has the following reservations regarding the role which the ICC is playing in northern Uganda: