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European Union condemns Sudan president Omar Bashir's visit to Uganda, calls for his arrest
In March 2009, al-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.

The European Union has called on Uganda to arrest Sudan President Omar Al Bashir.

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).

 

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.

The European Union is not the first to condemn Bashir's visit to Uganda.

Yesterday a few hours after he jetted in, civil society organisations accused the government of Uganda, of rolling out the red carpet for an international fugitive.

Ms Sarah Kihika Kasande of the international centre for Transitional Justice said refusing to arrest Bashir is a clear breach of Uganda's international obligations.