Jul 18th, 2012
The International Criminal Court says it will launch a preliminary inquiry into the events that have taken place in Mali, where Islamist rebels have seized control of the country’s north. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the probe will determine whether to open a fuller investigation that c...
In DR Congo
Mar 14th, 2012
The Hague – The International Criminal Court on Wednesday found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of war crimes in its landmark first ruling since it was set up a decade ago. Lubanga was accused of recruiting and deploying child soldiers during a five-year conflict until 2003. An estimate...
Feb 7th, 2012
Buffalo – A Liberian man who helped lead a faction accused of torture killings and recruiting child soldiers during the West African country’s civil war has been ordered removed from the United States, where he raised a family and worked as a public school administrator in upstate New Yor...
In DR Congo
Apr 26th, 2011
Congolese children’s rights activist Murhabazi Namegabe on Tuesday was named winner of the $100,000 World Children’s Prize for his efforts to protect children exploited by armed groups in the African country. The award foundation based in Mariefred, Sweden, cited Murhabazi’s “...
Mar 11th, 2011
Geneva – The UN officials say they are getting reports that child soldiers are being recruited to fight for Muammar Gaddafi loyalists in Libya – which would be a war crime. Unicef spokesperson Marixie Mercado told The Associated Press on Friday there is “a serious concern” that chil...
In DR Congo
Feb 12th, 2011
Youngsters struggling to adapt to civilian life feel they have little option but to return to fighting. A lack of community support and persistent discrimination is being blamed for the re-recruitment of former child soldiers by the army and militias in Masisi territory, in eastern Democratic Republi...
In East Africa
Nov 9th, 2010
Child pirates have been detained in Somalia along with adults found guilty of piracy, says UN expert. With this, comes a new set of challenges that child rights advocates must face. The rise of maritime piracy in Somalia in recent years has presented a new challenge to the child rights agenda: the “c...
Oct 29th, 2010
(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is facing backlash from humanitarian and human rights groups after lifting restrictions on the use of child soldiers in certain countries, according to The Cable. On Thursday, the administration waived a key section of the 2008 Child Soldier Law for the c...