06 December 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


"Special Mission" - Recruitment of M23 Rebels to Suppress Protest in the DRC
by Human Rights Watch , 06 Dec 2017

In the lead-up to the December protests, and as domestic and international pressure on Kabila escalated, senior Congolese security force officers had mobilized at least 200 and likely many more former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda to protect Kabila and help quash the anti-Kabila protests. The M23 combatants were recruited between October and early December 2016 from military and refugee camps in Uganda and Rwanda—where many M23 fighters have been based since the armed group’s defeat in eastern Congo in November 2013.  

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issues her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2017)
By International Criminal Court, 04 Dec 2017

Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2017).  The report provides an overview of her Office's preliminary examination activities conducted between 1 October 2016 and 30 November 2017 in relation to ten situations under consideration for possible investigation.

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Prosecutors Challenge Witness Testimony That Ntaganda’s Troops Did Not Commit Atrocities
By International Justice Monitor , 01 Dec 2017

The prosecution has disputed the account of a former fighter in Bosco Ntaganda’s Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), who said members of the militia did not commit atrocities during attacks in 2002 on villages inhabited by members of the Lendu ethnic group. During the cross-examination of Witness D017, trial lawyer Diane Luping read excerpts from three documents that detailed acts of rape, pillaging, and killings allegedly committed by UPC fighters in the localities of Zumbe and Kamande. The documents included a report by the former United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC), which detailed the killing of 120 civilians in Zumbe by UPC fighters on October 15-16, 2002.

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