The Case of the LRA’s Dominic Ongwen: perpetrator and victim?

“Ongweng, like all the other LRA-abducted children, was abducted at a very tender age … He was a gifted young man who could have been the best doctor, lawyer or engineer if that was where his career path took him.”


On 21 January 2016, the International Criminal Court opens the confirmation of charges hearing against Dominic Ongweng in The Hague. But what is the background of this former LRA-commander? How did he get involved in the ICC? Does his history as an abducted child extol him from (some) criminal liability? Mr Stephen Oola details the life and reputation of Ongweng and the organisational nature of the LRA. Mr Oola also describes what is at stake in the ICC-case.

Stephen Oola works as Programme Manager Conflict, Transitional Justice and Governance at the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University.

The interview was recorded in Kampala on December 3, 2015, at the office of the Refugee Law Project.

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