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Bosco Ntaganda at the start of his trial (Flickr/ ICC-CPI)
02 September 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda which opened before the International Criminal Court Wednesday is a test of the prosecutor’s new strategy to look at sexual and gender-based violence in all of the cases [IJT-179].

In this case,  for the first time, the ICC has agreed that sexual violence against child soldiers by their own commanders could constitute a war crime. 

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27 January 2010 by -

Former Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is being illegally detained by the Rwandan government, says his lawyer. Nkunda has been living under house arrest in Kigali for over a year without any trial in sight.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“If you believe that the man is a danger or a risk to peace, then you have to make your case in court. But you can’t just do that arbitrarily without making your case,” says Stephane Bourgon who is representing Nkunda.

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07 April 2010 by -

The 103rd edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

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23 December 2009 by -

The 96th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

 

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20 May 2011 by -

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has a new problem: three witnesses do not want to go back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The men are in The Hague to testify on behalf of Germain Katanga and Mattieu Ngudjolo Chui. But they are imprisoned at home, in Kinshasa.

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09 September 2011 by -

Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, who is being tried at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on war crimes charges, will not contend Congo's upcoming presidential election.

The 48-year-old Bemba had declared from The Hague in late July that he intended to run in the election. "We do not have the authorisation from the ICC," (International Criminal Court) for Bemba to leave jail and file his candidacy with the Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral body, his Congo Liberation Movement (MLC) said.

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30 September 2009 by -

A former Rwandan politician indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for his role in the 1994 genocide, was brought to Arusha on September 20th after being arrested in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At his initial appearance before the court, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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20 September 2004 by -

The trial of 22 members of the Congolese Armed Forces, which opened in April 2003 only to be immediately adjourned, re-opened before a military court on 26 August in Lumumbashi, Katanga province, reports AFP. The men are charged with «crimes against humanity, rape, pillage *and+ murder» according to an official at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monuc). They will stand trial for crimes committed between 10 and 18 November 2002 in Ankoro, situated 800 km south of Lumumbashi.

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30 September 2009 by -

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a claim by Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga that he should not be prosecuted before the ICC.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

Katanga asked that the case be dismissed, arguing that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was able to prosecute him, and that the ICC prosecutor failed to disclose documents indicating that he was under investigation in the DRC.

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23 January 2006 by -

In what the FIDH considers to be an "historic" ruling, the Pre-Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided on January 17 to grant six victims the right to participate in the ongoing proceedings in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), starting with the investigation phase.

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