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In the most dangerous place in the world to be a girl or woman February 21 was a good day.
By Lisa Clifford, London
A military court in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo found nine soldiers guilty of rape and crimes against humanity, including the army colonel who ordered the attacks in the mountain top village of Fizi in South Kivu province. More than 50 women were sexually assaulted here in early January.
Lt Col Mutware Kibibi was convicted of ordering the rampage and also of rape.
Published on : 2 November 2010 - 1:52pm | By International Justice Tribune (IJT 116)
Commercially motivated pillage has taken on increasing importance in recent years as the illegal exploitation of natural resources has emerged as a primary means of financing conflict. But efforts to hold disreputable commercial actors responsible for war crimes or other serious human rights violations have been frustrated, frequently because of difficulties in proving corporate complicity.
Children cannot consent to their own exploitation, making the use of children in warfare "particularly abusive," an expert witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo which resumed last Thursday. Lubanga is accused of enlisting child soldiers into his militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots - during Congo's Ituri conflict.
Children have an "underdeveloped notion of death," Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told the court's judges.
By Hélène Michaud
It might seem like just another village meeting, but the presence of armed police at the local parish hall suggests something serious is going on.
The residents of the village of Fataki have gathered to hear the president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, who is visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week for the first time.
A native son
This is Thomas Lubanga territory.