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    Rape in War: It’s Not a Given Any Longer

    by  • January 9, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 4 Comments
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    Women at the Stop Rape in Conflict Now campaign in Cartagena, Colombia

    One of Fatou Bensouda‘s missions as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court is to make rape during conflicts a thing of the past. Until 20 years ago, she said in a speech at the United Nations recently, sexual violence and other sexual attacks were “all but ignored and dismissed as regrettable...

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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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    Sierra Leone’s Election, Proving the Nation’s Resilience

    by  • November 23, 2012 • Africa, Peace and Security • 1 Comment
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    Sierra Leone polling station on Election Day, Nov. 17, 2012

    Sierra Leone re-elected Ernest Bai Koroma president against eight other candidates in a calm, orderly vote held on Nov. 17 with results announced Nov. 23, after ballots were counted. The election marks an important step for the country to continue its healing after suffering an 11-year civil war. Koroma, who garnered 58.7 percent of the vote,...

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    Congo Miners See Hope While Rebels Sow Unrest

    by  • October 17, 2012 • Africa, ICC, Peace and Security • 3 Comments
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    Congo miner

    Important progress in controlling the mining of tin, tantalum and tungsten in the troubled eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo has been achieved, says a report from the Enough Project, a Washington nonprofit group focused on Africa. Yet renewed fighting that began in the spring between regional militias and Congolese national troops, who...

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    Can Making Amends to Victims of Atrocities Actually Help?

    by  • October 16, 2012 • ICC, International Justice • 3 Comments
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    Meeting with Muslim women in Bangui, CAR

    The conclusion of the International Criminal Court’s first trial this summer was duly noted in global media and political circles. Yet little attention was paid to the equally landmark move by the court mandating reparations for victims of the atrocities committed by the man who was sentenced for the war crimes case, Thomas Lubanga...

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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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    Top New UN Assignments, and Syria Deputy Envoy Leaving

    by  • July 18, 2012 • GOINGS-ON • 6 Comments
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    Adama Dieng, a Senegalese who is the new special adviser for prevention of genocide at the United Nations. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    Adama Dieng, the registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been named the United Nations secretary-general’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Dieng, a Senegalese, replaces Francis Deng of Sudan, who has been in the post since 2007 as an under secretary-general and is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution...

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    Thomas Lubanga, Congolese Warlord, Sentenced to 14 Years

    by  • July 10, 2012 • Africa, ICC • 6 Comments
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    Thomas Lubanga was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment.

        Thomas Lubanga, the 52-year-old Congolese militant convicted by the International Criminal Court in March for the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting child soldiers under age 15 and using them in hostilities, was sentenced today to 14 years’ imprisonment. The children were forced to fight a conflict in northeastern Congo from Sept....

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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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    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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