Posts Tagged ‘rape’


March 26, 2013

Ntaganda Says He Is Innocent, To Apply For Interim Release

By Wairagala Wakabi

At large for nearly seven years since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him, Bosco Ntaganda today made his first appearance before the court. The Congolese national, who was indicted together with Thomas Lubanga –whose trial resulted in a conviction one year ago – pleaded not guilty to charges of war…

August 19, 2011

The ICC’s First Trial: Milestones Mixed with Near-Disasters

By Alison Cole

Some six years ago, the International Criminal Court started proceedings in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a militia commander from Eastern Congo accused of conscripting, enlisting and using child soldiers. His trial was the first to open at the ICC in The Hague in January 2009; it is now entering its final stages, with the scheduled hearing of final arguments from the prosecution and…

July 10, 2009

Witness Says Ntaganda Killed Child Soldier

By Rachel Irwin

A child protection specialist this week told the International Criminal Court that ICC fugitive Bosco Ntaganda executed a young recruit who tried to escape. Christine Peduto, who worked for the United Nations Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), was testifying at the trial of Thomas Lubanga who is charged with recruiting children in…

June 26, 2009

Court Hears Recruits Raped by Commanders

By Rachel Irwin

Young female recruits were frequently raped by commanders in Thomas Lubanga’s militia, a former soldier in the Union of Congolese Patriots, UPC, told the court this week. “I used to see women who were taken by force,” said the witness, who trained young recruits at the Mandro centre, not far from the Ituri city of…

June 23, 2009

Commanders Impregnated Female Recruits

By Rachel Irwin

Commanders in Thomas Lubanga’s militia impregnated young female recruits, a former soldier in the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) told prosecutors on Tuesday. “[The commanders] took girls and would get them pregnant, and then these girls had to leave the camp and go [back] to the village,” said the witness, who trained young recruits at…

June 18, 2009

Rape Rampant in Congo

By Rachel Irwin

Rape was rampant among the Congolese armed forces and militia groups, an expert on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told judges on Thursday. Roberto Garreton, a Chilean lawyer and former United Nations special enjoy on human rights in the DRC, said that soldiers in the DRC are “allowed to do whatever.” Even in…

June 12, 2009

Rape in Training Camp

By Rachel Irwin

Girls recruited into Thomas Lubanga’s militia were raped by trainers and guards, a former soldier in the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) told the court today. In court for the third consecutive day, the witness is one of many who have testified about sexual violence in the militia’s training camps. “The trainers and other guards…

June 3, 2009

Judges Reprimand Prosecutors

By Rachel Irwin

Judges reprimanded prosecutors today for an inadequate response to victims’ attorneys, who want charges against defendant Thomas Lubanga expanded to include sexual slavery and cruel treatment. “The prosecution [response] in present form fails to address issues raised [by the victims' lawyers],” presiding Judge Adrian Fulford told prosecutors. “It would be helpful to us to have…

March 6, 2009

Lubanga Trial, Week 6: Child Soldiers Tell of First Kill

By Wairagala Wakabi

Two former child soldiers in Thomas Lubanga’s militia this week told the International Criminal Court about the first time they killed in battle and how they are haunted by the memories. Testifying in Swahili, both said fear of being shot by their commanders stopped them from fleeing the gruesome conditions of their training and at…

March 6, 2009

Witness Says She Was Raped Repeatedly

By Wairagala Wakabi

A former child soldier told the International Criminal Court on Friday that she was repeatedly raped by commanders in Thomas Lubanga’s militia. The young woman said she was conscripted at the age of 13 and was sexually assaulted, yet never received treatment for her injuries and still suffers pain. The unnamed witness, in her second…