Uganda fears first crucial test for tribunal could prolong brutal 20-year civil war





The newly established international criminal court risks being "fatally damaged" by demands that it cancel its first ever war crimes indictment because it is an obstacle to ending Uganda's 20-year civil war.

The dispute over a slew of charges against the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, who is accused of mass murder, rape, mutilations and abducting children to become soldiers, has opened a rift between African governments, which believe trials should be subordinated to local peace deals and reconciliation, and countries such as Britain which strongly back the ICC as establishing international justice.


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