Tomorrow, the trial against LRA commander Dominic Ongwen will commence before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Ongwen is charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the highest number of charges ever brought by the Office of the Prosecutor in a case before the ICC. Importantly, these charges also include the largest number and widest range of charges for sexual and gender-based crimes, including rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage and forced pregnancy with charges of torture, enslavement and outrages upon personal dignity also underpinned by acts of sexual and gender-based violence.
‘This case is important for a number of reasons’, said Brigid Inder, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.
Read the full statement by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.