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UN / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

United Nations officials called on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said rebel armed groups and government soldiers "were [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN

The eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo is known as the "rape capital of the world" where hundred of thousands of women have been raped and tortured by various militias active in the region including Congolese Army troopers.  IRIN

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN 2

Sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has climbed to levels unseen anywhere else in the world. Impunity for perpetrators is one of the reasons why this part of the African continent is the worst place in the world to be a woman. IRIN

5 Apr 2014 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / BOSCO NTAGANDA

A five-day hearing began at the International Criminal Court to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to try Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. ICC

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / DALLAIRE GENOCIDE

Twenty years after the Rwandan Genocide, the former Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping force, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, said that in the previous months "the international community did its best to ignore Rwanda. It wasn't under the radars, it was of no self-interest, it was of no strategic value." UNTV

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN/ DRC CHILDREN

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, recently back from a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said that at this important moment in the peace process in eastern DRC, "we must seize every opportunity to better protect children affected by conflict-related violence." UNTV

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

KENYA / CHILD HELPLINE

As the world marks Universal Children's Day, the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is urging that a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported. A helpline in Kenya [...]

20 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHARLES TAYLOR APPEAL

Judges at theSpecial Courtin Sierra Leone (SCSL) today upheld the conviction of  former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity. FILE

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

More than half of the Member States endorsed a high level declaration toward eliminating sexual violence.  The declaration, launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, was endorsed by 113 countries and contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a [...]

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

UNICEF will unveil a global initiative on Wednesday (31 July) calling for an end to all forms of violence against children. At age 15, Grace Akallo was abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and forced to fight. She talks about her captivity and how education became her hope and salvation. (UNICEF – interview/ file)

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

 

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