EU asked Museveni to arrest Bashir on behalf of ICC

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Federica Mogherini

The European Union had called on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to arrest Sudan President Omar Al Bashir on his visit to Kampala.

In a statement issued by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the European Union called on ”Uganda to respect its obligations under international law and as a State Party to the ICC.

Ms Mogherini said she regrets the visit of President Omar Al-Bashir to Uganda, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“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),” she said.

She added: “The EU 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 European Union is committed to enforcing international criminal law and to ending impunity and remains a staunch supporter of the ICC.

As a signatory to the Rome statutes that established the ICC, Uganda is obliged to arrest President Omar al Bashir who is an ICC indictee.

In March 2009, Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in the war-torn region of Darfur in Sudan.

But too late for her, Bashir ended his two-day visit to Uganda and flew back to Khartoum on Tuesday afternoon.