I am from Uganda and I must say, I was absolutely blown away by the accurate depiction of the events in northern Uganda. Please continue to inform the public, we need your help in bringing the perpetrators of genocide to justice. Far too often, African leaders have operated with impunity and it’s about time they were held accountable for their actions or the actions of those under their command. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” MLK.
I think that we as the US should join the ICC. We have some power to help where it is needed. Especially [with the situation in] Northern Uganda which has now spread to Congo and southern Sudan. They are asking us for help. I am a strong supporter of Invisible Children. We just recently went to DC to talk to our congressmen to ask them to help stop this issue. And we actually got to hear Luis Moreno-Ocampo talk. It was awesome to hear him speak. The youth and this generation wants the US to help. We, the world, are a community and should help each other. Boundaries are man made.
I am inspired by the courageous prosecutors of the International Criminal Court and will work so that the United States joins the court. As Elie Wiesel so eloquently stated upon receiving his Nobel Peace Prize: “And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.”
Uganda has invited Sudan’s president to attend SMART partnership business conference in Munyonyo at the end of this month. I have no problem with that. The problem comes where government representatives begin to utter public statements ignoring Uganda’s legal obligation under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which includes implementing the arrest warrant against Bashir. What needs to be stated clearly in this generation is that African leaders need to be told…that they can not continue to down play their people because of their ignorance. They abused their leadership and caused death, atrocities to their own and when it comes to accountability, they turn out to be gods who can not be touched. Now everybody is talking against arresting Bashir, not against the death of Darfurians, fellow African’s…how can the Western world be praised only if they are giving humanitarian assistance, paying for our national budget and if it comes to the issue of justice, they are bad news. African leaders are making fools of themselves not any body [else]. It is upon those who have been born, raised,and grown up here in Africa to use African language and communicate the truth of the matter that we need justice to be done. Perpetrators in Africa and other places must answer for the crimes they committed irrespective of wether you are a general or not. The bench mark is you have committed crimes. Come or go and answer before the ICC or national judicial system which has domesticated the statute. Please ladies and gentlemen as civil society let us continue this advocacy…we are neither secured nor safe. We are victims since we are the ones who are always down there to stand with the victims in emergencies and crises.
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