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ICC Throws Out Uganda Victims\' Foundation Submission On Dominic Ongwen :: Uganda Radionetwork
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ICC Throws Out Uganda Victims\' Foundation Submission On Dominic Ongwen

The Foundation therefore sought leave of court to allow it submit views and concerns of other victims in Lango and Teso regions to allow them participate in proceedings and benefit from potential reparation awards, once Ongwen is convicted.
Dominic Ongwen During the Initial Appearence at ICC on January 26

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The International Criminal Court-ICC has thrown out an application by Uganda Victims Foundation to submit additional information that could pin Dominic Ongwen, a top former commander of the rebel group , the Lord\'s Resistance Army.

Uganda Victims Foundation is a national coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations  working to promote the rights of victims of gross violations of human rights laws.

Last month, Uganda Victims Foundation led by its national coordinator Chris Ongom petitioned ICC to allow it submit information with strong bearings in the case against Dominic Ongwen in accordance with Rule 103 of the Rules of the Court and relevant provisions of the Rome Statute.

In his April 19 ruling, Justice Cuno Tarfusser of the Pre-Trial Chamber II, states that “issues raised by the applicant are not live issues in the case and the observations proposed are not “desirable for the proper determination of the case” within the meaning of rule 103(1) of the Rules. 

Justice Tarfusser added that “no victims are currently participating in the present case and victims\' applications for participation will be considered, and participatory rights accorded to the victims admitted to participate, in due course.Dominic Ongwen faces four counts of War Crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity he allegedly committed between 2002 and 2004, during the course of Lord\'s Resistance Army rebellion where he served as senior commander. 

The Foundation urged court to consider its application citing the narrowness of the scope of the case brought against Ongwen. It argued that preferring charges against Ongwen for atrocities he committed in Lukodi Village in Gulu district in 2004 only is far too narrow and does not represent the totality of the crimes suffered by the victims during the insurgency.

The Foundation therefore sought leave of court to allow it submit views and concerns of other victims in Lango and Teso sub-regions to allow them participate in proceedings and benefit from potential reparation awards, once Ongwen is convicted. 

“The Applicant has already been in touch with Victims who fear that only victims from Acholi (Lukodi) region will be able to participate in proceedings and benefit from potential reparations awards to the detriment of the hundreds of other victims who will remain without any form of redress or justice”, the application states. 

Furthermore, Uganda Victims Foundation asserts that Dominic Ongwen allegedly committed several crimes in many parts of Northern Uganda, which have not been included in the case and victims are eager to speak with the Office of the Prosecutor in order to furnish them with further information on attacks including those that occurred in regions such as Lango and Teso. 

 

The said prosecution, including the identification of which crimes to charge, is exclusively in the hands of the Prosecutor. Earlier, the judge scheduled January 21 next year as the date for opening of confirmation of charges against Dominic Ongwen.

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