Uganda’s Salome Bossa is elected ICC judge

By Tabu Butagira

Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Salome Bbossa has been elected to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Assembly of the State Parties sitting in New York, the United States, has elected Justice Solome Bossa, after four rounds of voting.

Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, says they worked hard to ensure she is elected in a crowded field of competent candidates.

The ICC was created by the 2002 Rome Statute to try cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ambassador Ayebare says Africa presented four candidates that “almost derailed Justice Bossa’s chances” for the six slots available for ICC judges.

Justice Bossa’s election, according to Ambassador Ayebare, is important since the ICC is the world’s permanent court to adjudicate cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ambassador Ayebare coordinated Justice Sebutinde’s 2011 election as he did for Justice Bossa yesterday.