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Conviction of RUF commanders means increased DDR for girl soldiers

The recent conviction of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leaders Issa Hassan Sesay and Morris Kallon at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, of 16 counts of war crimes including “acts of terrorism”, mutilation, terrorism, rape, forced marriage, sexual slavery, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers, has also had the added effect of elevating the crime of forced marriage and sexual violence as a “crime separate from sexual slavery“.    Girls forced into marriage and those who suffered sexual violence in being forced to join Lubanga’s militia, are now considered victims of “a crime against humanity distinct from other forms of sexual violence such as sexual slavery because of the length of the association and its domestic nature.”   From IRIN:

According to local NGOs many women and girls associated with the rebel forces, especially those not in fighting roles, were excluded from the official disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process whereby ex-combatants received money and training to help them re-enter civilian life.

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