Today the International Criminal Court issued a landmark decision in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Djilo, a leader of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). PHR welcomes the decision in the Court’s first major judgment where Lubanga was found guilty of conscripting children under the age of 15 to actively participate in hostilities.
More than 1,500 Kg of rice recently harvested by farmers in war-torn Kachin state were set ablaze by government troops last week, eyewitnesses report.
Zimbabwe has suspended 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in one of its provinces, state media reported on Wednesday, raising worries of a crackdown similar to one that preceded elections in 2008.
Internally displaced persons in Burma's Kachin state are suffering without adequate supplies or sanitation, according to aid workers. Bill Davies of PHR stressed the need for stronger assistance for the displaced, particularly as camps face the threat of contagious disease.
A 19-year old Bahraini protester has died in the hospital while in custody. According to Bahraini police, he died as a result of chronic disease, but opposition groups argue that the detainee was injured in a protest, then detained and tortured. In light of the continued abuses of the Bahraini government, PHR is calling for the US government to hold fast to its decision to delay sales of military equipment to Bahrain.