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5 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday urged [UN News Centre report] African leaders to avoid using loopholes and undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power." In his address at the twenty-sixth African Union [official website] Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban stated, "Leaders should never use undemocratic … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Republic of the Congo's electoral commission announced Tuesday that voters have approved an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The amendment, approved by the citizens of the Congo in a referendum Sunday, allows … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Government officials in the Republic of the Congo on Monday announced a referendum on an amendment to the constitution [text, PDF, in French] that could allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his term in office. The proposed amendment allows presidents to renew their term twice and removes the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Denis Sassou Nguesso [official website], President of the Republic of the Congo, announced on Tuesday that he is moving forward with a national constitutional referendum, in what many call a ploy to extend his presidency. The referendum [DW report] will concern issues such as raising the maximum age for … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The trial of Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a former Congolese military leader also known as "The Terminator," began at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday. The rebel leader has pleaded innocent to the 18 charges [case information sheet] levied against him, including rape, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lambert Mende, announced Wednesday that President Joseph Kabila [Forbes backgrounder] signed parliament-approved legislation to keep elections on a timeline that will not violate the Constitution [text, PDF]. Beginning in January, protests and demonstrations [JURIST report] have taken place across … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday criticized [press release] the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of using "unlawful and excessive force" against protestors in the capital of Kinshasa this past week. The recent demonstrations have taken place across the country to oppose proposed changes … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate [official website, in French] on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday confirmed charges [decision, PDF; press release] against Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The charges consist of 18 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, as well as crimes … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A coalition of 146 Congolese and international human rights organizations released a joint declaration [text, PDF] Tuesday urging the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] to create new mechanisms in its national justice system for prosecuting war crimes. Specifically, the declaration urged the Congolese government and its president, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] law providing amnesty for acts of war committed as far back as 2006. After more than three weeks of debate, lawmakers in the DRC approved the law on Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed [order, PDF; press release] the confirmation of charges hearing for Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] in order to give prosecutors more time to prepare their case. The hearing, which was scheduled to begin on September 26, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] denied charges at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, pillage, using child soldiers and other crimes. After a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] voluntarily surrendered himself [ICC press release] into the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday. The ICC is now in the process of transferring him to The Hague from Rwanda. The ICC issued two arrest warrants, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Congolese war crimes suspect Gen. Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] surrendered himself to a US embassy in Rwanda on Monday and requested extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Ntaganda has been wanted by the ICC [JURIST report] since 2006 on charges enlisting and conscripting children … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Chen Reis of the University of Denver and Lynn Lawry (pictured) of Brigham and Women's Hospital argue that unified action must be taken by parties other than the International Criminal Court in order to provide adequate and sustainable support for victims of sexual crimes during and post-conflict...The … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Thursday reiterated their condemnation [press release] of a group of renegade soldiers attempting to destabilize the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known as the 23 March Movement (M23). In addition, the Security Council called on all foreign … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] issued a second warrant [text, PDF] on Friday for the arrest of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda on charges of war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between September 2002 and September 2003. Ntaganda … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Tuesday about the safety of the civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The armed conflict between the government and the M23 movement, … [read more]

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