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Uganda: Peace Agreement Shields Some from International Prosecution

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Ugandan government and the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan rebel movement, recently signed a peace agreement that will shield some members of the LRA from international prosecution. According to this agreement, members of the LRA accused of grave offenses would be brought before the Ugandan High Court, and others would be tried under northern Ugandan traditional justice systems. In return, the Ugandan government has promised not to hand over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) the LRA leader Joseph Kony and four other top leaders indicted by the ICC on charges of rape, mutilation, murder, and other atrocities and to work with the ICC towards having the charges dropped. (Ugandan Government, Rebels Sign Deal, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Feb. 19, 2008.)