Charles Taylor

A Taylor-made Criminal Court?

Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, has been forced from his comfortable exile in Nigeria by growing international pressures and cooperation between Liberia's new president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo.  Taylor has now been arrested for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including sexual slavery, mutilation and sending children into combat. 


Behind the Numbers: Untold Suffering in the Congo

The British medical journal Lancet recently took greater notice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than all western media outlets combined.  A group of physicians reported that about 4 million people have died since the "official" outbreak of the Congolese war in 1998 (1). The BBC reported the war in Congo has claimed more lives than any armed conflict since World War II (2). 

Child Soldier in Uganda

Uganda: ICC Issues Arrest Warrants for Lord’s Resistance Army

On October 14, 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague announced that it issued warrants for the arrest of five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the first such step taken by the new human rights court. The ICC prosecutor has accused Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA and four of his closest commanders, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen, and Raska Lukwiya, of killing, raping and robbing civilians.  The chief ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, put a special emphasis on the LRA's systematic kidnapping of children, forcing them to fight and using girls as sex slaves. The ICC has no police of its own and must depend on cooperation from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (ex-Zaire), where the LRA leaders are believed to be operating.