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International Criminal Court: First Trial on Use of Child Soldiers

(Feb. 3, 2009) The trial of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first trial in the ICC's history, began on January 26, 2009. Lubanga Dyilo is accused of recruiting children under the age of 15 to be soldiers. This is the first time an international body has had the […]

International Criminal Court: Former Congolese Leader Charged

(Jan. 15, 2009) On January 12, 2009, the prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally charged Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo with five counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity. Bemba Gombo is the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the crimes he is alleged to have committed took […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Former VP Arrested

(June 2, 2008) On May 24, 2008, Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was arrested in Belgium. The Belgian police were carrying out a sealed arrest warrant issued on May 23, 2008, by the International Criminal Court. The charges include two counts of crimes against humanity […]

Nepal: Amnesty for War Criminals Planned

(Mar. 2, 2008) Nepal's Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction has finalized draft laws on constituting a truth and reconciliation commission and a commission on the disappeared for crimes committed during the country's ten years of armed conflict. It was reported in the Nepalese press on February 1, 2008, however, that the government was planning to […]

Liberia: Human Rights

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Associated Press reported that Joshua Milton Blahyi, former rebel leader in the Liberian civil war, recently appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia. In his testimony to the commission on January 15, 2008, Blahyi confessed to the killings of 20,000 people and ordering fighters under his command to […]

International Criminal Court, the Central African Republic: Protocol Agreement

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 18, 2007, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) concluded an agreement on cooperation, including provisions on protection by the CAR government for court officials. The ICC staff members will be investigating whether war crimes have taken place in the CAR since 2002. The document was […]