Posts Tagged ‘Union of Congolese Patriots’

February 13, 2014

Try Ntaganda, Prosecutors Ask ICC Judges

By Wairagala Wakabi

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors have dismissed as “far from the truth” claims that Bosco Ntaganda’s militia group worked for peace and embraced people from all ethnic groups. They affirmed that there was sufficient evidence to commit Mr. Ntaganda to trial. While delivering final submissions in the confirmation of charges hearing, prosecution lawyer Nicole Samson…

March 14, 2012

Lubanga Guilty of Use of Child Soldiers

By Alpha Sesay

Today, International Criminal Court (ICC) judges in The Hague delivered the Court’s first verdict—a finding of guilt against former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. Prosecutors accused Lubanga of the war crimes of conscripting, enlisting, and using children under the age of 15 years for combat purposes while he served as political head of the Union of…

July 14, 2009

Prosecution Rests Its Case

By Rachel Irwin

Prosecutors in the trial of Thomas Lubanga rested their case on Tuesday, after more than five months and 30 witnesses. The final day of proceedings before a long recess was conducted mostly in closed session, as defense lawyers cross-examined the prosecution’s last witness, who spoke in French with digital voice and face distortion. The witness…

July 13, 2009

Lubanga Kidnapped Child Himself

By Rachel Irwin

Thomas Lubanga captured and forcibly conscripted a young boy, a child protection specialist told defense lawyers on Monday. Witness Christine Peduto, who worked for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), said that she had interviewed the boy in question. He told her that in February 2003, Lubanga and six…

July 9, 2009

Witness Met Lubanga To Discuss Child Soldiers

By Rachel Irwin

A child protection specialist told victims’ lawyers today that she personally met with Thomas Lubanga to discuss the issue of forced enlistment. Witness Christine Peduto, who worked for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), said she met with Lubanga on May 30, 2003 at his home in the town of…

July 8, 2009

UN Could Not Verify Child Soldiers’ Age

By Rachel Irwin

The United Nations was not able to independently verify the ages of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a child protection specialist told prosecutors today.  ”I imagine you are aware of the fact that identity cards and documents are not very common in the Congo,” said witness Christine Peduto, who worked for…

July 3, 2009

Child Soldiers Suffered Lasting Trauma

By Rachel Irwin

Child soldiers suffered severe mental and physical problems after leaving the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), a protected witness told prosecutors today. One child, he said, was beaten so badly during military training that “one of his testicles had been damaged.” “[The child] needed medical intervention to remove the wound,” explained the witness, who was…

July 2, 2009

Girl Soldiers Forced Into Prostitution

By Rachel Irwin

Many girl soldiers became prostitutes after leaving the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), a witness told victims’ lawyers today. The girls, he said, had been raped by commanders and some had left the militia after becoming pregnant. In many instances, they also tested positive for sexually transmitted infections. “The shame that came with all of…