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Thomas Lubanga, accused recruiter of child soldiers, released from the Hague

Thomas Lubanga, Congolese militia leader who was facing trial this summer for charges of recruiting and conscripting children under the age 15, and using them to participate actively in hostilities during the conflict in the Ituri region of north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, has been released. 

Here is the press release from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

From this article:

Judges ordered the proceedings against Mr Lubanga to be halted due to concerns about whether he could get a fair trial as his defence cannot view some evidence against him.  He will remain in detention for a further five days to give the prosecution time to appeal.  The prosecution immediately confirmed that it would appeal Mr Lubanga’s release.

And from the Guardian:

The trial of Lubanga, who was transferred to the ICC in 2006, was to have been the first international war crimes case ever to focus solely on the use of child soldiers. As leader of the notorious Union of Congolese Patriots, Lubanga is accused of conscripting children under 15 to carry out attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich Ituri province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003

See this earlier post on Thomas Lubanga.


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One Response - Comments are closed.

  1. Adam Wozniak says:

    The problem of child soldiers is, indeed, wide-spread. However, we aren’t always given the full story. Things are not as simple as they seem.

    For a much more detailed look at not only the problem, but some of the many issues it poses, I highly recommend viewing a university lecture on the topic (one of very few available on the web):

    This is an interesting overview of many facets of the issue. Thank you for providing it.

    For those of you who are researching the topic of child soldiers, you might also be interested in taking a look at a lecture I recently presented (feedback would be most appreciated). You can find the lecture online at:

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