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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: ICC confirms part of the charges, commits suspects to trial

Today, 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued a unanimous decision partially confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona and committed them to trial before a Trial Chamber. In view of ensuring protection of victims and witnesses, the decision is confidential and a redacted version of it will be published in due course. Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of…

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Proverb of the week: Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.

Ngora inlingino nanine; ndobagi nalobehe ngoba. (Nuba-Tira, Sudan) Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns. (English) Generally, Children are expected to be taken care of when they are young, while they are, on the other hand, required to listen to their parents and elders from whom the children learn their life experience. Life is a mysterious journey, full of uncharted and fortuitous dangers. The Nuba-Tira group in Sudan uses this proverb to encourage children not to scorn…

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Nigeria: Admission to ‘Internet fraud academy?’

It is hardly new that a lot of cybercrimes have been linked to the Nigerian internet syndicates, however, there was until now, hardly any tangible evidence to suggest that some of these internet scoundrels actually, enrolled in a special internet fraud school to perfect their underworld credentials and prepare them for the illegal business ahead. Not until recently. In what Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency calls a breakthrough, the agency recently busted an alleged “internet fraud academy” in a remote village…

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South Africa: Cape Town caged by a rise in gang activities

It is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. With its scenic, colossal mountains and seductive sandy beaches, South Africa’s Cape Town has both beauty and historic features you hardly see in any other city in Africa, if not in the world. It is indeed a city that offers a lot for everyone. However, this beautiful city that boasts gorgeous and breathtaking scenes has become nothing enviable today; it has virtually been taken over by crime, with…

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Zimbabwe: Call my street name, your life would be fulfilled

Some call it legacy. Others name it unabashed narcissism. You could hear others yelling “misplaced priority.” They are not done yet. What would you say to those who label it flagrant personal aggrandizement? Or to the group that sees it as sheer madness? Before you respond to that question, bear in mind that some people denounce it as a blatant insensitivity. Hum. For sure, careless acts call for endless lexicons.  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Yes, the new Zimbabwe. The new…

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ICC: Statement of the Prosecutor on the authorisation of investigation in Bangladesh/Myanmar

As announced last week, the Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber III have authorised my Office to commence an investigation into the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”). In my 4 July 2019 Request, I sought authorisation to investigate the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar in the period since 9 October 2016. Specifically, I requested authorisation to investigate crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), in which at…

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Swaziland: Oppositions clash with security agents over anti-King Mswati III petitions

In an unprecedented step, Eswatini (Swaziland) opposition supporters had come out in large numbers in Mbabane, the capital, to show solidarity to their leaders who went to deliver the anti-King Mswati III petitions, demanding for democracy and the ousting of King Mswati III who has been in power since 1986. As expected, however, the supporters were confronted by security officers, who demanded that the opposition leaders present the petitions to them. The opposition leaders, whom municipality had refused to…

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Bangladesh/Myanmar situation: ICC judges authorise opening of an investigation

On 14 November 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) authorised the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for the alleged crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction in the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”). ICC Pre-Trial Chamber III is composed of Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia, Presiding, Judge Robert Fremr, and Judge Geoffrey Henderson. This authorisation follows the request submitted on 4 July 2019…

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Cyber Bullying Campaign: Thanks for coming on board

Since the launch of the cyber bullying campaign on 11th November in Uganda, many have come on board to make the campaign a reality. Thank you for that right decision! However, we still need those of you out there, who are yet to join the historic wagon. Agama, Piccolo, Nza, Useni, Liam, Namazzi, Mukisa, Natukunda ……..(you keep on counting) have all joined the Cyber-Bullying Campaign Wagon. Where are you? We can only reach our destination quickly and book a…

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Cyberbullying campaign kicks off in Uganda

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”  Desmond Tutu One may call the above quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu a warning, but it sounds more than that. It equally captures the lingering – and often neglected – social problems facing the world today, especially African…

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Bosco Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment

On 7 November 2019, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), unanimously, sentenced Bosco Ntaganda to a total of 30 years of imprisonment.  The time Mr Ntaganda has spent in detention at the ICC – from 22 March 2013 to 7 November 2019 – will be deducted from this sentence. To make its decision, the Chamber received submissions from the parties and participants regarding the possible sentence, heard witnesses and admitted evidence, and held a hearing on the matter on…

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Malawi: Muslims and Christians clash over hijab

Two people were severely injured and scores sustained minor wounds in Mangochi area, Southern region of Malawi after two opposing groups sparred on Monday over the alleged refusal by the Anglican Church to allow Muslim girls learning in its primary school in the area to put on a Hijab. Several properties, including schools, a church and a mosque were damaged in retaliatory attacks as the fracas spread to door to door fights. Businesses were brought to a standstill and…

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