Al-Bashir in Uganda: Head of State Immunity and the Rome Statute

6 Dec 2017

In November 2017, the High Court in Kampala declined to issue a provisional arrest warrant for visiting President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. The decision followed an application by the Uganda Victims’ Foundation, a coalition of human rights groups, while President Bashir was in Uganda. UVF argued that as a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Uganda was obligated to give effect to the two outstanding ICC arrest warrants against President Bashir. The High Court fixed the hearing of the main application for 12 December 2017.

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