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ICC Orders War Crimes Charges Against Former Congo Vice President

VOA News - June 15, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Hague-based International Criminal Court has ordered the Democratic Republic of Congo's former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba to go on trial on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Witness Claims Lubanga Visited Training Camp

Rachel Irwin - IWPR - June 5, 2009

Thomas LubangaDefendant Thomas Lubanga visited military training camps to boost the morale of young recruits, a former child soldier told prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, ICC, this week. “I saw the president on two occasions,” the unnamed witness told the court. “The first time he came, he asked about our situation in general. The second time, he tried to boost our morale—it was a few days before training ended.”
Congo ex-rebel 'working with UN'

BBC News - April 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaThe BBC has seen documents alleging that a former rebel leader indicted for war crimes is playing a leading role in a mission involving the UN in DR Congo. The documents appear to prove that Gen Bosco Ntaganda is taking an active part in the mission's chain of command, a BBC correspondent in the country says.
Negotiations between Kinshasa and CNDP Rebels to End Friday

VOA News - February 20, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesOngoing negotiations between the Congolese government and the political wing of the rebel National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP) ends today (Friday) in the restive North Kivu province of Goma. This follows a recent peace deal to end the long time hostilities between the national army and the rebels which has left scores dead and a sharp increase in the internally displaced persons.
Survivors of Ugandan rebel massacres in DR Congo seek help from UN

UN News - February 10, 2009

Children in CongoAngry and traumatized survivors of massacres by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed nearly 1,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), today sought shelter, food, medicine – and justice – from the top United Nations relief official.
Thomas Lubanga will remain under custody of the ICC pending final decision on appeal

ICC - July 7, 2008

Thomas LubangaToday, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court granted the suspensive effect of the Prosecution’s appeal against “Decision on the release of Thomas Lubanga.” Therefore the accused will remain under custody of the ICC pending the final decision on the appeal.
Hell on earth - systematic rape in Eastern Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (JHA) - August 10, 2007

Often the women are kidnapped while working in the fields or on the way to fetch water, food or firewood. Often kidnappings occur during raids of villages by armed attackers, who often come in groups of two to five.The victims are taken from the villages into the forest where they are held captive and are gang raped for days or months.


World Criminal Court to Hear First Case

VOA News - January 29, 2007

Thomas LubangaIn a historic decision, judges at the International Criminal Court are poised to begin hearing their first case. Judges found there was enough evidence against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga to send him to trial for recruiting and using child soldiers to fight his war in the eastern Ituri region of the country. Lauren Comiteau reports from the court in The Hague.
Ituri warlord faces first trial at ICC in The Hague

IRIN - March 21, 2006

A Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday, on charges of conscripting children and using them to participate in hostilities during 2002 and 2003.









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