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Congo ex-leader sent to The Hague

BBC News - July 3, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaThe ex-vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been extradited to The Hague to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who fled DR Congo last year, was detained in Belgium in May. He will face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
ICC: Trial Chamber I orders release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo - Implementation of the decision is pending

ICC - July 2, 2008

Thomas LubangaSince an appeal may be filed within five days, the order granting release shall not be enforced until the expiry of the five day time-limit. Furthermore, if an appeal is filed and a request is made in the appeal for suspensive effect, the accused shall not leave detention until the Appeals Chamber has resolved whether or not the effect of the order granting release is to be suspended.
ICC orders Congo warlord release

BBC News - July 2, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court has ordered the release of the first-ever war crimes suspect to face trial before it, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. The judges said Mr Lubanga could not be guaranteed a fair trial as prosecutors had withheld evidence from the defence.
Ben Affleck films DR Congo crisis

BBC News - June 27, 2008

Ben AffleckActor Ben Affleck has said he made a TV report on the Democratic Republic of Congo because the humanitarian crisis there deserved "our eyes and our ears". The Oscar-winner visited refugee camps, warlords and hospitals while in the African country to record a film for Nightline, on US channel ABC.
Mandela joins stars at London gig

BBC News - June 27, 2008

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela joined music stars on stage at a concert in London's Hyde Park to celebrate his 90th birthday. As well as marking the former South African president's personal milestone, the concert raised funds for Mr Mandela's HIV/Aids charity 46664.
ICC: confirmation hearing against Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui

CPI - June 27, 2008

Germain KatangaThe Prosecutor charges Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui for deliberately planning and executing the attack against the village of Bogoro, on or around 24 February 2003.
Bukavu: Launch of "Zero Children Associated with Armed Groups"

MONUC - June 24, 2008

Bukavu - Zero child soldiers campaignMonday 23 June 2008 marked the official launch in Bukavu of the public awareness campaign entitled "Zero Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups," sponsored by the DR Congo's First Lady Mrs. Olive Kabila, and organised by the National Programme of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (UEPN-DDR, ex CONADER).
ICC to Hear Arguments Tuesday About the Possible Release of Congo Rebel Leader Lubanga

VOA News - June 23, 2008

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court (ICC) will hear arguments Tuesday about the evidence against Thomas Lubanga, the former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia from eastern Congo. He has been held in The Hague, Netherlands, since March 2006 on charges of committing war crimes by recruiting children as militia members.
Ugandan Rebel Leader Calls for Return to Negotiations

VOA News - June 23, 2008

Joseph Kony"As the chairman of the Lord's Resistance Army I want these peace talks to resume back again to Juba," he said. "I want to go to table back again to Juba and I need also not to fight again with Uganda government."
UN classifies rape a 'war tactic'

BBC News - June 20, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war. The document describes the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security.



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