Barlonyo Survivors Want ICC To Speed up Arrests Of LRA Leaders

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In short
Survivors of the 2004 Barlonyo Massacre in Lira district have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up processes to arrest the indicted Lord’s Resistance Army rebel commanders. On October 14th 2005, ICC issued arrest warrants for crimes against humanity and war crimes for the five senior LRA leaders including Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen, and Raska Lukwiya.

Survivors of the 2004 Barlonyo Massacre in Lira district have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to speed up processes to arrest the indicted Lord’s Resistance Army rebel commanders.

On October 14th 2005, ICC issued arrest warrants for crimes against humanity and war crimes for the five senior LRA leaders including Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen, and Raska Lukwiya. Otti, the long time deputy to Kony was reportedly killed by the LRA leader in October 2007, while Lukwiya is reported to have died of natural causes.

But survivors living at Barlonyo, the place where over 300 internally displaced people were killed by the LRA in one attack on February 21, 2004, want ICC to speed up processes to bringing the indicted LRA commanders to book.

Tom Agwaa, Barlonyo memorial site area chairman demanded that ICC should consider employing every strategy possible and ensure Kony and his remaining commanders are arrested and tried.

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Moses Ogwang, chairman of the Barlonyo survivors association wondered why the ICC has since 2005 failed to arrest them.

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President Museveni has on various occasions been quoted attacking ICC for only targeting African leaders. Ogwang questioned the relevance of ICC as far as delivering of justice to the affected people in Northern Uganda is concerned.

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Richard Okello, Agweng Sub County chairperson, says he will only believe ICC only when Kony is arrested.

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He says he is willing to forgive the perpetuators of atrocities only when they are prosecuted.

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Former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo who visited Barlonyo memorial site last Friday urged survivors not to lose hope in ICC.

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He says all those indicted but still at large shall all be arrested and brought to book to answer charges against them.

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About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.