Crime & Investigation

Ongwen Case: ICC Launches Radio Talks Shows in Northern Uganda

The Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has scheduled the opening statements in the trial of jailed Congo warlord Gen Bosco Ntaganda for 7 and 8 July 2015, generic with a possible extension to 9 July 2015.

The opening statements in this trial shall take place at the seat of the Court, try in The Hague (the Netherlands), buy in accordance with the ICC Presidency’s decision of 15 June 2015.

The start of the prosecution’s presentation of evidence is scheduled on the week of 24 August 2015.

The trial is conducted by Trial Chamber VI, composed of Presiding Judge Robert Fremr, Judge Kuniko Ozaki and Judge Chang-ho Chung.

Ntaganda, former alleged Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), is accused of 13 counts of war crimes.

These include murder and attempted murder; attacking civilians; rape; sexual slavery of civilians; pillaging; displacement of civilians; attacking protected objects; destroying the enemy’s property; and rape, sexual slavery, enlistment and conscription of child soldiers under the age of fifteen years and using them to participate actively in hostilities.

Ntaganda is also accused of five crimes against humanity (murder and attempted murder; rape; sexual slavery; persecution; forcible transfer of population) allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003.

Ntaganda is in the Court’s custody.
As part of the outreach activities in preparation for the confirmation of charges hearing in the Dominic Ongwen case, more about the Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched eight series of radio talk shows targeting an estimated audience of eleven million people in Northern Uganda.


The programmes, information pills called “Justice Matters”, this site are radio magazines for men, women and youth who suffered as a result of the conflict in the country.

Mr Ongwen has been transferred to the ICC custody on 16 January 2015; after the initial appearance hearing, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber scheduled the confirmation of charges hearing in this case to start on 21 January 2016.

ICC outreach activities were increased following the surrender of Mr Dominic Ongwen earlier this year. Ongwen is accused of committing atrocities in Northern Uganda.

The radio talk shows will ensure that victims and most-affected communities particularly in remote parts of Uganda have access to the judicial proceedings and will be completed with other types of activities including meetings with concerned populations in town hall sessions, information campaigns organised with partners of civil society and community based organisations at universities, schools and legal associations.

Presented in local languages by members of the various communities, including lawyers, human rights activists and media practitioners, the radio programmes were launched simultaneously on 15 June 2015 at 20:00.

Subsequent broadcasts will take place on Mondays from 20:00 to 21:00 on Mega FM 102; Saturday 19:00; and 20:00 on Gulu FM 102.7, both in the Acholi sub-region; Every Monday from 19:30 – 20:30 on Unity FM 97.7 in the Lango sub-region; Tuesdays at 19:00 – 20:00 on Radio Delta 97.0 in the Teso sub-region; and every first two Fridays of each month on Voice of the Nile on frequency 106.1 in the Madi sub-region.

The one-hour live radio programmes focus on the ICC mandate and activities as well as the judicial aspects of its work in Uganda, primarily related to the Ongwen case and covering also the Kony et al case.

The radio series will also serve as a channel for the Outreach Unit to identify community information needs through specific questions asked by callers, promote relevant debates, and provide updates and explanations on the upcoming judicial developments in the cases of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen.

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