Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 March 2013

Foreign Secretary supports Bosco Ntaganda’s transfer to ICC


 

Foreign Secretary supports Bosco Ntaganda’s transfer to ICC

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, March 19, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ ICC indictee Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself to the US Embassy in Kigali yesterday and has asked to be transferred to The Hague.

 

Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

 

“I welcome the news that Bosco Ntaganda has handed himself in to the US Embassy in Kigali with the intention of being sent to the ICC in The Hague. Ntaganda is accused of perpetrating terrible war crimes in eastern Congo, including the use of rape and sexual slavery. I fully support the intention for him to be transferred to the ICC to face trial. I urge all to co-operate in facilitating this transfer as quickly as possible.

 

“The UK is committed to combating and preventing sexual violence in conflict, and this is why last year I started my initiative on Preventing Sexual Violence (PSVI). Justice is a prerequisite for conflict resolution and peace building. Ending impunity for those who commit such crimes is fundamental to deterring them from occurring in the future and allowing victims and communities to seek justice and peace. I believe the transfer of Ntaganda to the ICC will act as a deterrent to armed groups still operating in DRC and elsewhere, who use violence, particularly sexual violence, as a tactic of war.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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