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23 July 2014 by Luciana Bertoia, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

More than 37 years after being abducted, Graciela García Romero looked around the court and said: “Time does not help. The pain does not subside.” She is one of around 200 survivors of Argentina’s notorious ESMA concentration camp, known in English as the Navy Mechanics School. In May last year, she appeared before the Federal Criminal Oral Court, which is prosecuting crimes committed at the clandestine detention centre in Buenos Aires that operated during Argentina’s last dictatorship, from 1976 to 1983. A verdict in this trial is expected before yearend.

10 September 2014 by Louise Jones, Kinshasa (DRC)

Last month a small courtroom perched on a green hill in South Kivu province began hosting a trial many see as a crucial test for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s judiciary. In the dock before a three-judge panel military court is Colonel Bedi Mobuli Engangela, an army officer once one of the most feared men in eastern Congo.

19 November 2014 by Janet H. Anderson

Trial chamber judges heard closing arguments last week in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former vice-president of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Bemba’s is the third trial to reach closing arguments at the ICC.

10 September 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 165.


19 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 170.

11 December 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Former rebel leader-turned-general Jerome Kakwavu, became the highest-ranking Congolese military official to be found guilty of rape after a military court convicted him on that charge as well as charges of murder and torture. Human rights organizations last week hailed his conviction.