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M23 Keeps Watch in Kavumu

PHR Welcomes Arrest of Congolese Official Accused of Leading Militia That Raped Young Girls


This week, officials in the DRC arrested provincial deputy Frederic Batumike Rukembanyi for allegedly leading a militia that is accused of raping and mutilating dozens of young girls and toddlers in the country’s South Kivu province. Members of that militia were also arrested. PHR welcomes these developments as a first step toward justice in a surge of rapes in eastern Congo that has produced few investigations and prosecutions.

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Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

ICC Sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 Years for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity


The International Criminal Court sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to 18 years in prison for rape, pillage, and murder carried out by troops under his command in the Central African Republic from 2002 to 2003.

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William Ruto at ICC

PHR Denounces ICC Decision to Vacate Charges Against Kenya’s Deputy President


PHR denounced the decision by the International Criminal Court to declare a mistrial in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

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ICC Finds Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo Guilty of War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity


The International Criminal Court (ICC) today found Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his capacity as president and commander-in-chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC).

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International Criminal Court Withdraws Charges Against President Kenyatta


The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said today it was withdrawing charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. The court’s prosecutor said the Kenyan government failed to cooperate during the investigation, compromising the case.

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