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    New Protocols and Policies Tackle Sexual Violence in War

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Child soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Imagery from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London in June 2014.

    As Sunni Muslim extremists first seized strategic cities in Iraq last week, and a United Nations spokesman for the human-rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that rapes had been part of the mayhem, leaving four female victims dead from suicide, the first global conference to end such heinous crimes took place in London. There,...

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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide...

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes...

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    Notorious African Rebel Lands in International Court Hands

    by  • March 22, 2013 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC • 2 Comments
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    Bosco Ntaganda

    Bosco Ntaganda, whom the United States calls “one of the most notorious and brutal rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” has arrived at the International Criminal Court in The Hague after being transported by court officials from Rwanda. Ntaganda is a Congolese warlord who has been operating with impunity in eastern Congo...

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    A Rerun of History in Eastern Congo Threatens Kinshasa Again

    by  • November 26, 2012 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC • 3 Comments
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    Monusco, UN peacekeepers in Congo

    Less than two decades ago, this is what happened to a huge African country once known as Zaire: Rebels backed by Rwanda’s recently installed, ethnic Tutsi-led government moved out of their strongholds in the eastern flank of the country and advanced toward the Zairian national capital, Kinshasa, and overthrew the central government. To Rwandan...

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    Protecting Children’s Rights in Troubled Landscapes

    by  • September 22, 2012 • Child soldiers, Security Council • 7 Comments
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    Special Representative Rhadika Coomaraswamy meeting with Chadian President Idriss Déby

    The Security Council has waded deeper into the tricky waters of protecting the rights of children in armed conflict despite protests of sovereignty from some countries, passing a resolution that clarifies the mandate for the UN special envoy on safeguarding children. The resolution, submitted by Canada and 30 other primarily Western countries, was adopted...

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    UN Security Council to Study Child Soldier Use in Colombia

    by  • June 28, 2012 • Child soldiers, Human Rights, Security Council • 7 Comments
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    Farc

    BOGOTÁ — Two longstanding Colombian armed groups are cited in the United Nations secretary-general’s annual “list of shame” released this month, enumerating parties who use children in armed conflict, among other related human-rights abuses. The country’s two major antigovernment guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, and the National Liberation Army (Eln),...

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