Uganda ready to arrest Omar Al-Bashir

Omar Al-Bashir (AP)

Omar Al-Bashir (AP)

A senior government official of Uganda indicated today that Uganda is ready to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on war crimes charges should he ever visit the country. Apparently warrants for Al-Bashir’s arrest are already in the Solicitor General’s Office.

This is great news in light of the recent summit of African leaders denouncing, as well as criticizing the arrest warrant against Al-Bashir.

“It is a legal obligation for Uganda to arrest Bashir if he comes to Uganda,” Ocampo said.

UPDATE: Mr. Bashir was set to visit Uganda later this month.  Following this report, he has now canceled his trip.  

Read the full article at CBS.

In Pictures: Seeking Shelter

We often speak of the “Darfur crisis” or the “Congo conflict”. On one hand, these situations are separate and distinct. However, on the other hand, Congo, Darfur, South Sudan, and other African humanitarian disasters are often intertwined.

Consider a recent eye-opening slideshow created by BBC News containing pictures of Congolese people fleeing to South Sudan in an effort to escape attacks carried out by Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.

Congo has one set of problems. South Sudan has another. Makes you wonder whether these individuals are fleeing from adversity only to find it once more – just with a change in scenery.

US Stands Against Child Soldier Use

darfurLast week, US Congress unanimously passed a law which reduces aid to countries with governments who use child soldiers.
The legislation could impact six countries currently receiving military aid from the US –Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. In 2008 alone, these six countries received $3.5 million in US military training, $800,000 in US military financing, and $6 billion in US military sales.

Child rights advocate Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch had this to say –

US weapons should not end up in the hands of children nor should US taxpayer dollars finance the exploitation of children in armed conflict.

According to the 2008 Child Soldiers Global Report recently published by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, at year-end 2007, children were involved in 17 armed conflicts around the world.