Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:26

MALI: Children take up guns

 

8 October 2012 - Children as young as 14 are joining military training camps run by militias in southern Mali preparing to fight Islamist groups in the north.

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3 October 2012 - Salif Haidara sat drinking tea on the side of the road with other weary bus passengers when a man with a turban and a long beard approached them: Did they want to become holy warriors?

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25 September 2012 — Press release. An action plan to put an end to the use of child soldiers has been put forward by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

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July 11, 2012 - More than 11,000 child soldiers were freed from military slavery last year, but the United Nations believes hundreds of thousands around the world remain at the mercy of warlords like Thomas Lubanga.

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11 July 2012 - Now we know: Thomas Lubanga is sentenced to spend 14 years in jail for abducting and forcing children to fight in the Second Congo War. Yet the announcement on Tuesday by the International Criminal Court begets another question: what reparations are due to the warlord's victims?

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Today, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to a total period of 14 years of imprisonment.

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The level of violence against children and cases of cholera in northern Mali are rising at an alarming rate since the area was seized by al-Qaida-linked Islamist fighters and Tuareg rebels following a March coup, UN officials said Friday.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:22

MALI: War Crimes by Northern Rebels

 

Separatist Tuareg rebels, Islamist armed groups, and Arab militias who seized control of northern Mali in April 2012 have committed numerous war crimes, including rape, use of child soldiers, and pillaging of hospitals, schools, aid agencies, and government buildings, Human Rights Watch said today.

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The Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission, over the weekend, inaugurated a new child rehabilitation centre for the former child soldiers, who fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo-based rebel group, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

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The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today voiced grave concern over reports of recruitment of child soldiers by Tuareg rebels and Islamist militias in northern Mali, stressing that both groups have a responsibility to comply with their obligations under international law.

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