Uganda clarifies its stance on World Court ruling, says judge’s dissent does not represent its position.

Uganda Disavows Judge’s Opinion on ICJ Ruling Against Israel in Genocide Case

KAMPALA – Uganda has distanced itself from the dissenting opinion expressed by Ugandan judge Julia Sebutinde on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling regarding South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. The government clarified that Sebutinde’s remarks are her own independent viewpoint and do not reflect Uganda’s official position.

Sebutinde was the sole judge on the 17-member ICJ panel to vote against all six measures adopted by the court, which ordered Israel to take action to prevent acts of genocide during its conflict with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement released late on Saturday, the Ugandan government stated, “The position taken by Judge Sebutinde is her own individual and independent opinion and does not in any way reflect the position of the government of the Republic of Uganda.” The government further emphasized that Uganda supports the stance of the Non-Aligned Movement on the conflict, as adopted during its recent summit in the capital city.

The Non-Aligned Movement, established in 1961, consists of countries that resisted aligning with the major Cold War-era military and political blocs. Many of these nations had recently gained independence from their colonial rulers.

Sebutinde’s dissenting judgment was one of only two issued by the ICJ judges, while the remaining 15 supported the emergency measures requested by South Africa in the case.

Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by William Maclean

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Uganda has distanced itself from an opinion expressed by a Ugandan judge on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. Julia Sebutinde, the only dissenting judge on the ICJ panel, voted against all six measures adopted by the court, which ordered Israel to prevent acts of genocide in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Ugandan government clarified that Sebutinde’s opinion does not reflect Uganda’s position and reiterated its support for the Non-Aligned Movement’s stance on the conflict. The movement, established in 1961, includes countries that opposed alignment with Cold War-era blocs and were newly independent from colonial rulers. Sebutinde was one of two judges who dissented from the emergency measures adopted by the majority of the panel.

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