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Opening of the Yekatom and Ngaïssona trial: Practical information

On 9 February 2021 at 9:30 (The Hague local time), the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona will open before Trial Chamber V of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Trial Chamber V is composed of Judge Bertram Schmitt (Presiding judge), Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge Chang-ho Chung. The hearings are scheduled from 9 to 11 February 2021. During…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A grants interim release to Paul Gicheru

ICC-CPI-20210129-PR1562 Version française ci-dessous Press Release : 29 January 2021   ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A grants interim release to Paul Gicheru Today, 29 January 2021, Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou of Pre-Trial Chamber A (article 70) of the International Criminal Court (ICC), grantedPaul Gicheru’s request for interim release with specific conditions restricting liberty. Pre-Trial Chamber A’s decision will be implemented as soon as the ICC Registry finalises all the necessary arrangements.  In the view of the Chamber, Mr Gicheru’s voluntary…

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Verdict in the Ongwen case: Practical information.

Verdict in the Ongwen case: Practical information    On 4 February 2021 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the judgment on conviction or acquittal pursuant to article 74 of the Rome Statute in the case The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen. Dominic Ongwen is accused of 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in northern Uganda. The verdict will be read out in public and will either…

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The Central African Republic: Mahamat Said Abdel Kani surrenders to the ICC

On 24 January 2021, Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, also known as “Mahamat Said Abdel Kain” and “Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani” (“Mr Said”),  was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) by the authorities of the Central African Republic (“CAR”) on account of an ICC  warrant of arrest issued under seal on 7 January 2019. Mr Said is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013.  When issuing the warrant…

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Travel & Destination: African Countries Often Overlooked by Tourists

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world after Asia, and it is one of the most diverse places, thanks to its cultures and expansive geographic. The continent boasts a warm tropical climate, friendly people and exotic wildlife. It is also one of the most multilingual continents on the planet, with over 2,000 languages. Arabic is the most spoken language, mostly in Muslim African countries. For instance, Nigeria and Cameroon alone have more than 500 and 200 languages respectively….

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Kids’ Corner: Stimulate Your Kids to Become Good Readers and Writers

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one’s papers and identification pretty much in order. Constant reading will pull you into a place (a mind-set, if you like the phrase) where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn’t, what is trite and what…

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Human trafficking in Africa: the Multi-Billion Dollar Business Venture

“Maybe slavery has been with us for centuries because of the inclination to maintain economic systems geared more toward commodifying human existence than developing its spiritual, creative, or scientific potentials. Such commodification instantly erases any recognition of humanity as a priceless value unto itself and reduces individuals as well as entire races, or a specific gender, to a bargain-priced ‘other.” ― Aberjhani, Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah The United Nations Trafficking Protocol 2003 defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation,…

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The Latest Issue Of Kata Kata Magazine !!!!

Read the latest issue of Kata Kata Cartoon Magazine, including an educational, yet humorous illustrated story about Tuberculosis….. and more…. Log in now and have yourself a laugh. Visit: https://katakata.org/kata-kata-magazine-vol-7-issue-27-digital/

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Bride Price in Africa: He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune

Dowry, a payment made by the family of the groom in the form of money, presents, or a mixture of both, to their future in-laws at the start of their marriage, to enable the groom to marry the bride, has endured the strong wave of westernization in the Africa continent. The long-standing customary practice is shared across the societies from Egypt to South Africa, down to Ghana and Rwanda. On the other hand, in the Hindu culture, the bride’s…

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Talking About Violence Against Women

Being seen (and treated) as inferior, weak, less intelligent than male, a sex object and, in fact, as everything opposite the male, the discriminatory perception and maltreatment of women can itself be a bitter traumatic experience for the female gender. Justifying such perception with the violent treatment of women, and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare for a woman and a huge stumbling block…

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