(International Justice Monitor) – A witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Dominic Ongwen, who is on trial at the court, made her a “wife” of a commander when she was about 13 years old, and she feared she would be killed if she refused. Witness P-351 told the court on November 14 Ongwen made […]

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(SCR) – This is Security Council Report’s (SCR) eighth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s involvement with the issue of children and armed conflict. This report covers key developments during 2016 and through mid-October 2017. It pays particular attention to the role of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, with an […]

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(PRI) – No one seems to remember what the boy’s real name was. But his cousin, Lily Atong, remembers him well. When she talks about him, she gets a distant, wistful look in her eyes. They grew up together, here in this village in northern Uganda. The boy was chubby, she says with a smile. Link

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(Al Jazeera) – Child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen denied 70 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Tuesday when he became the first member of Uganda’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army ever to go on trial. Ongwen, 41, is also the first former child soldier to be tried by the International Criminal Court in The Hague […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – The opening of the International Criminal Court trial of a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander is an important new chapter in holding the rebel group accountable for its brutal crimes in northern Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial of Dominic Ongwen, who was abducted as a child and later became a […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – What is the Lord’s Resistance Army? The Lord’s Resistance Army is an armed rebel group led by Joseph Kony. Organized in about 1987, it initially fought the Ugandan government in northern Uganda, with incursions into South Sudan. Ugandan military operations forced the group out of Uganda in 2005 and 2006. After that, […]

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(Child Soldiers International) – The trial of a former commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague started on 6 December 2016. Dominic Ongwen’s case presents particular challenges owing to his status as a former child soldier, which raises […]

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(IRIN News) – The trial of Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army, opens on Tuesday before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Many horrors will be recounted, but the case also throws up deep ethical questions: is a child, brutalised and turned into a killer, fully responsible for his or […]

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