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ICC Arrest Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - May 24, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaJean-Pierre Bemba, charged by the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Central African Republic, was today arrested in the suburbs of Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Bemba is chairman of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), an armed group which intervened in the 2002-2003 armed conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) and pursued a plan of terrorizing and brutalizing innocent civilians, in particular during a campaign of massive rapes and looting. Mr Bemba had already used the same tactics in the past, in CAR, in the DRC, always leaving a trail of death and destruction behind him.
LRA regional atrocities demand action

Human Rights Watch - May 19, 2008

Joseph KonyInternational action is needed to end the Lord's Resistance Army's reported new spree of abductions and sexual violence and to help execute arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for the group's leaders, Human Rights Watch said today.
Report: Record Number of People Displaced By Conflict And Violence

VOA News - April 17, 2008

António GuterresA new report finds 26 million people were displaced within their own countries in 2007 due to armed conflict and violence. The Norwegian Refugee Council, which has just issued its annual survey, says this is the highest number of internally displaced people ever recorded.
Child recruitment continues in over one dozen countries, reports Ban Ki-moon

UN News - January 29, 2008

Ban Ki-MoonThe practice continues in Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, Mr. Ban notes in his latest report on children and armed conflict, covering the period from October 2006 to August 2007.
Congo Militia Leader Faces First ICC Trial In March

VOA News - November 12, 2007

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court has set a March trial date for Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, the first person to face trial at the world court. The court says Lubanga's trial will start on March 31 of next year. The court also told prosecutors to make available to defense lawyers all the evidence they plan to use against Lubanga by December 14.
DRC President Will Head Regional African Economic Body

VOA News - October 31, 2007

Joseph Kabila and Denis Sassou NguessoThe Economic Community of Central African States has named Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to be its next head.  Analysts say Mr. Kabila, who has been accused of human rights abuses and corruption in his own country, is nevertheless a smart choice for the regional body.&
Germain Katanga transferred into the custody of the ICC

International Criminal Court - October 18, 2007

Germain KatangaOn 17 October 2007, the Congolese authorities surrendered and transferred Mr Germain Katanga, a Congolese national and alleged commander of the Force de resistance patriotique en Ituri [Patriotic Résistance Force in Ituri] ("FRPI"), to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr Katanga, also known as "Simba", is alleged to have committed six war crimes and three crimes against humanity in the territory of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("the DRC"). His case arises from the situation in the DRC which has been under investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 1 July 2002.
Court offers unique help scheme for victims

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) - August 8, 2007

With nearly three million euros in the bank and a mandate to spend it helping war crimes victims, André Laperriere wasn't sure what to expect when he visited Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in June.


Central Africa needs 'concrete measures' to achieve stability, says Ban Ki-moon

UN News - May 18, 2007

Ban Ki-moonWelcoming steps to approve a Central African pact against the illegal trafficking of arms and a code of conduct for the countries' armed forces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told a United Nations-sponsored security meeting that such concrete measures were needed for the region to achieve lasting peace and stability.
Despite record cereal crop this year, some countries will struggle - UN agency

FAO - May 17, 2007

FAOAlthough global cereal production is expected to reach record levels this year, at least 33 countries are forecast to face serious difficulties, largely because of conflict, economic struggles or bad weather, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.







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