ICC / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it was opening a preliminary examination in the Central African Republic into allegations of killings, acts of rape and sexual slavery, pillaging, torture, forced displacement and recruitment and use of child soldiers during hostilities that have taken place over the past months. ICC / FILE

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STORY: ICC / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
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SOURCE: ICC / IRIN / WFP / UNICEF
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DATELINE: 7 FEBRUARY 2014, THE HAGE, NETHERLANDS

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FILE – IRIN - 12 NOVEMBER 2013, BOSANGOA, CAR

1. Various shots, wounded child in hospital

FILE – IRIN - 22 DECEMBER 2013, BANGUI, CAR

2. Various shots, displaced children at IDP camp at Bangui airport

7 FEBRUARY 2014, THE HAGE, NETHERLANDS

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor:
“The allegations include hundreds of killings, acts of rape and sexual slavery, destruction of property, pillaging, torture, forced displacement and recruitment and use of children in hostilities. In many incidents, victims appear to have been deliberately targeted on religious grounds”.

FILE – WFP - 24 DECEMBER 2013, BOSSANGOA, CAR

4. Pan right, burned homes
5. Med shot, woman carrying bag of food received from WFP
6. Various shots, displaced people cooking and eating food

7 FEBRUARY 2014, THE HAGE, NETHERLANDS

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor:
“I have therefore decided to open a Preliminary Examination into this new situation.
Henceforth, my Office’s further efforts will be aimed at gathering and analyzing all the information necessary to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into this new situation.”

FILE - UNICEF – 17 JANUARY 2014, BANGUI, CAR

8. Wide shot, group of children climbing onto pickup truck
9. Close up, hands holding bread or water bottles
10. Close up, child soldier (no face)
11. Pan right, pickup truck with ex child soldiers driving away


STORYLINE:

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it was opening a preliminary examination into crimes allegedly committed during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

In a statement released today (7 Feb), ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the plight of civilians in CAR since September 2012 has gone “from bad to worse”.

She added that her Office has reviewed many reports detailing acts of extreme brutality by various groups and allegations of serious crimes being committed, which possibly fall within the ambit of the jurisdiction of the ICC.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor:
“The allegations include hundreds of killings, acts of rape and sexual slavery, destruction of property, pillaging, torture, forced displacement and recruitment and use of children in hostilities. In many incidents, victims appear to have been deliberately targeted on religious grounds”.

She concluded that these incidents and the serious allegations of crimes potentially falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC constitute a new situation, unrelated to the situation previously referred to the ICC by the CAR authorities in December 2004.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor:
“I have therefore decided to open a Preliminary Examination into this new situation.
Henceforth, my Office’s further efforts will be aimed at gathering and analyzing all the information necessary to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into this new situation.”

Bonsouda explained that her Office’s efforts will be coordinated with those of the African Union and the United Nations in CAR. In conformity with the complementarity principle; adding that her Office will also be engaging with the CAR authorities with a view to discussing ways and means to bring perpetrators to account, including at the national level.

The ICC has had a separate investigation under way in the country since 2007. The preliminary examination announced on Friday could proceed to a second investigation.
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