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--Gambian Fatou Bensouda takes oath
“As I begin my tenure, moving forward in consolidating current practices, the office will continue to forge ahead with its investigations and prosecutions,” said Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, the new chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as she took the solemn oath of office on Friday in The Hague.
--a Liberian ex-rebel commander also on list
The former leader of the disbanded Young Patriots in Ivory Coast, a group loyal to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude and nine others have been declared wanted by Liberian authorities.
---Sierra Leone women campaign against denial
A conference on women’s rights to Land and justice has ended in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, with the launch of a nationwide campaign on Land rights, and a threat to withhold their crucial votes in the November elections if authorities fail to heed a key demand.
After seven UN peacekeeping soldiers were killed in southwestern Ivory Coast near Liberia’s border on Friday, Ivorian defense minister has said a number of government forces have also been killed in an ambush believed to be carried out by dissidents.
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Correspondent
For the first time, women from across Sierra Leone have converged on the capital, Freetown for a three-day national conference on women’s rights to land and access to justice.
The Liberian government has denied Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that it has failed to investigate and prosecuted dozens of Liberian mercenaries and Ivorian militants who crossed into Liberia, after allegedly committing war crimes during Ivory Coast post-election crisis.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that armed militants hostile to the Ivorian government have been recruiting Liberian children inside Liberia.
The New York based rights group in a report released on Wednesday that Liberian authorities have failed to investigate and prosecute...
The Macky Sall government in Senegal has assured that it will give former Chadian President Hissen Habre a fair and equitable trial, as the country’s Justice Ministry announced plans to try him for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture.
Eleven years after the official declaration of the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war, Charles Ghankay Taylor was sentenced today to 50 years imprisonment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in The Hague. Taylor was unanimously found guilty on April 26 th , 2012 of all eleven counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of international humanitarian law.
--but hails Taylor’s 50yrs sentence
Amnesty International welcomes the 50 years jail sentence against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, but it wants other perpetrators of crimes against humanity in both Liberia and Sierra Leone to also be prosecuted.