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EU Regrets Bashir’s Visit to Uganda

Bashir in Uganda

The European Union and its Member States regret the visit of President Omar Al-Bashir to Uganda, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Bashir is on a three day state visit to Uganda, which started on Monday evening.

In a brief statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the European Union High Commission Representative and Vice President, Federica Moghreini calls upon all Member States of the United Nations to abide by and implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, notably UNSCR 1593(2005).

“The EU urges Uganda to respect its obligations under international law and as a State Party to the ICC,” he said. According to Moghreini, the European Union is committed to enforcing international criminal law and to ending impunity and remains a staunch supporter of the ICC.

ICC indicted General Bashir in 2009 on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. State parties to the Rome Statute are expected to arrest and hand over people wanted by the court for trial.

Uganda has repeatedly rejected the demands by ICC to arrest and hand over General Bashir who has visited the country a couple of times since he was formally accused by the International court.

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