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News Roundup 22 November – 28 November

Five years after ‘peace’, the Colombian communities living in forced confinement Colombia charged former FARC rebels with destruction of Amazon Five years after Colombia’s peace deal, militias continue to cause havoc Colombia’s peace process is taking ‘deep roots’, but all sides must work together to overcome lingering challenges U.S. set to remove Colombia rebel group …

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Ongwen blog symposium: Culture as evidence and the construction of (un)certainty in the Dominic Ongwen trial

But the bottom line is, look, whom do you believe? (…) So this is really – that’s really a question at the end of the day. (Defence closing statements) Early on in the Ongwen trial the presiding judge Schmitt acknowledged that “things do not occur without any setting, any cultural, political, social setting and it’s …

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Ongwen blog symposium: Two Sides of the Same Coin: The ‘child soldier experience’ at the ICC

On 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX (TC IX) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Dominic Ongwen for 61 of the 70 crimes he was charged with, including crimes against humanity and war crimes. The case has captivated the attention of Court watchers and bloggers in large part because of Ongwen’s traumatic past (see …

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Ongwen blog symposium: Precedent on the Prosecution of Juvenile Offenders for International Crimes

On Feb. 4, 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC)  convicted Dominic Ongwen of 61 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.  Ongwen was a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) member whose culpability appears doubtless – he had been accused of numerous atrocities, including brutal acts of sexual violence, and I have seen no commentary questioning …

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Blog Symposium: The International Criminal Court’s conviction of Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army

This blog symposium considers several socio-legal aspects arising from the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) judgment on 4 February 2021 in the case of the Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen. At around nine years old, Mr Ongwen was abducted and used as a child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed group that has operated …

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News Roundup – 19 August 2013

Make of Break: Iraq’s Sunnis and the State.  Abubakar Shekau of Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘may be dead’.  Congo rebel groups say army strike kill civilians.  UN Mission welcomes release of children recruited by DRC armed group.  Charity helps former child soldiers on road to recovery.  New CAR President, more misrule.  CAR gets brand-new AU peace …

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News Roundup – 30 May 2013

Colombia rebel rejects peace deadline, saying electoral politics should not trump negotiations. Hezbollah fighters ‘invading’ Syria. Syria: US and UN condemn Hezbollah involvement in conflict. UN Rights Council passes resolution demanding Syria protect civilians, grant aid access (see here for text of resolution). Syrian rebel group criticises exiled leaders. Pakistani Taliban appoint new deputy after US …

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News Roundup – 15th April 2013

ICC investigating staff member for sexual misconduct allegations.  Rwanda to block war crimes court at UN.  Opinio Juris Guest Post: How International Law Could Work in Transnational Non-International Armed Conflicts: Part I of a Two-Part Series by Jonathan Horowitz and Naz Modirzadeh. Opinio Juris Guest Post: How International Law Could Work in Transnational Non-International Armed Conflicts: …

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