Ugandan Rights Watchdogs Demand Arrest Of Visiting Sudan President

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is one a two-day visit to Uganda and amid his warm welcome the rights group of the country called on Monday for the arrest of the leader citing he has been wanted by the International Criminal Court for long for serious crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.

In 2015 al-Bashir visited South Africa, but the country didn’t arrest him. The aftermath issue prompted the South Africa to withdraw from ICC. Several other African countries too said a mass exit could follow from the ICC treaty citing the court is unfairly targeting Africans.

However, couple of other ICC members including Nigeria and Kenya had curtailed visit of the Sudanese president.

Ugandan authorities said the president cannot be arrested as he is head of state and has come to the country on invitation from the government.

Areas of cooperation will be discussed between the two leaders lie agriculture, trade, investment, regional peace, security and international matters of mutual interest.

Sudan imports from Uganda 20 percent of its coffee requirement.

In 2011 Sudan was divided into two granting independence to South Sudan.

Uganda had earlier backed the decades-long independence war of South Sudan and this created frosty relation with Sudan, which accused for supporting the rebels.

However, lately the ties between the two nations have improved.

Meanwhile, six Ugandan rights watchdogs have released a joint statement saying, “Inviting an international criminal suspect to Uganda not only undermines the fight against impunity which Uganda has for long championed but also betrays the concerns and interests of the victims.”

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