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Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

The International Criminal Court is to hand down a verdict in the trial of a former Congolese general on Monday. Bosco Ntaganda has been charged with crimes including using child soldiers and rape. Ntaganda has been charged with 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in alleged atrocities carried out […]

Gaddafi Son’s Trial Unfair, Should Be Sent To ICC – UN

Gaddafi Son’s Trial Unfair, Should Be Sent To ICC – UN

The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader sentenced to death in absentia, did not meet international standards and he should face murder charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations said on Tuesday. Since his father’s toppling in 2011, Saif has been held in Zintan, a mountainous […]

The International Criminal Court Is Vital To Our Fight Against Impunity In Africa

The International Criminal Court Is Vital To Our Fight Against Impunity In Africa

In popular accounts, Africa and the international criminal court are pitted against each other. The ICC is derided as being “biased” against Africa, ignorant of the attitudes and desires of Africans, even neocolonial. In reality, the relationship suffers from misinformation and misunderstandings. Many parties share responsibility for this. Some African leaders have, on occasion, decried […]

Jean-Pierre Bemba Sentenced to 18 Years In Prison By International Criminal Court

Jean-Pierre Bemba Sentenced to 18 Years In Prison By International Criminal Court

Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops, becoming the highest-level official to be sentenced at the international criminal court. Bemba, 53, wearing a blue suit and tie, watched impassively from the dock during the […]

Eritrea Has Committed Widespread Crimes Against Humanity, Says UN

Eritrea Has Committed Widespread Crimes Against Humanity, Says UN

The Eritrean government has committed crimes against humanity in a widespread and systematic manner, according to a UN inquiry that calls for perpetrators to be tried by the international criminal court. Officials in Eritrea, the biggest source of African refugees in Europe in recent years, have enslaved up to 400,000 people, the inquiry says. The […]

Fatou Bensouda, The Woman Who Hunts Tyrants

Fatou Bensouda, The Woman Who Hunts Tyrants

he can’t quite explain it, but for the best part of five decades, since she was a very young schoolgirl growing up in the Gambia, Fatou Bensouda says she has felt powerfully driven by a sense of right and wrong. “The issue of justice and accountability seems to be … in my DNA.” She wiggles […]

East Africa: ICC Tasks Uganda To Explain Failure To Arrest Bashir

East Africa: ICC Tasks Uganda To Explain Failure To Arrest Bashir

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has formally asked Ugandan government to explain its failure to arrest and surrender Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir for trial. Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur was in Uganda on May 12 to witness the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni. During […]

ICC first conviction for acts of sexual violence

ICC first conviction for acts of sexual violence

Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) as a military commander for two counts of crimes against humanity including murder and rape and three counts of war crimes including murder, rape and pillaging. Bemba was convicted in his capacity as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo […]