Category «World News»

Dominic Ongwen’s trial resumes

By Ritah Kemigisa The trial of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), resumes today at The Hague after a two weeks break. Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) had adjourned his trial to allow Ongwen’s lawyers have doctors assess his health. The judges ordered the medical officer of the detention center where Ongwen is held to report by January 23 whether he will be able to attend the hearing scheduled for today. 44 year old Ongwen faces 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity which he is alleged to have committed between July 2002 and December 2005 in northern Uganda. Last year Ongwen’s lawyer asked ICC to acquit him of all charges …

AU recognize Congo government

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The African Union Commission has postponed the visit of the high-level delegation to Kinshasa that was scheduled to take place on 21 January 2019. This followed the decision of the Constitutional Court proclaiming the final results of the presidential of 30 December 2018. However the Commission has called on all concerned stakeholders to work for the preservation of peace and stability and the promotion of national harmony in their country. Now the February 2019 Summit of the Union will receive a report on the efforts made, in solidarity with, and support to, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

South Korea’s largest dog slaughterhouse dismantled

Officials in South Korea have started to dismantle the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse. The Taepyeong-dong complex in Seongnam city, south of Seoul, will be cleared over two days and converted into a public park. About one million dogs are consumed every year and activists have sought to end the custom. Dog meat was once considered a delicacy in South Korea, but attitudes have changed in recent years. “This is a historic moment,” Korean Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) said in a statement. “It will open the door for more closures of dog meat slaughterhouses across the country, expediting the decline of the overall dog meat industry.” The Taepyeong-dong complex – an important source of meat for restaurants across the country – …

Bobi Wine speaks to the world, promises to return and continue the struggle

By Ssebuliba Samuel. Kyadondo east member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi has castigated Ugandan’s government for alleged continued torture of its people using military machinery. Speaking to international media in Washington DC this afternoon, Kyagulanyi narrated the alleged torture he went through while in military detention in Uganda during his arrest in Uganda. He however said that it’s his honor for him to fight freedom and peace in Uganda at the cost of his life. He has promised to continue with the fight as soon as he completes medication in United States where he is now. However his international lawyer Robert Amsterdam asked America government to suspend all military assistance to Uganda. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the pre-Arua municipality electoral violence …

We do not fund illegal activities-EU

By Ritah Kemigisa. Development partners have refuted allegations made by government that they are funding illegal activities of some civil society organizations. According to the European Union’s Head of section Governance and human rights Thomas Tiedemann, it is unfair for government to criticize the help they extend to CSOs yet they also benefit from their funding. Tiedemann says the EU supports activities that are implemented in collaboration with government agenda’s. He says they are not in the business of planting foreign ideas into the operations of these organizations as government alleges. The European Union response comes at the minister for presidency Esther Mbayoaccused development partners of funding illegal activities of some non-governmental organizations which are a threat to national security.