Rights group: Children pressed to fight in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (AP) - An international rights group says Somalia's militants and government forces are recruiting children to fight and in some cases to serve as "cannon fodder" for adult fighters. Human Rights Watch said in a Tuesday report that Full version (available to lexis...

Joseph Kony, Child Soldiers, and the Rule of Law

Fighting against the human rights abuses of Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, the organization Invisible Children has released " KONY 2012 ," a 30-minute video that has gone viral in social media with tens of millions of views. Youth have taken up the cause, from...

Congo president calls for arrest of wanted warlord

KINSHASA Congo (AP) - In a marked turnaround, Congo's president called Wednesday for the arrest of a notorious ex-warlord who has been serving in the country's army despite an international indictment on war crimes charges. Bosco Ntaganda is accused of using child soldiers for fighting in...

ICC Minor Victory Against Use of Child Soldiers

Imagine that Union of Congolese Patriots (UCP) warlord Thomas Lubanga visited your family's home one day. Chances are that if you had a young daughter, she would be taken by force and used by Lubanga's rebel group as a sex slave. If you had a young son, he would be conscripted to fight as...

Mali seeks International Criminal Court probe

THE HAGUE Netherlands (AP) - Mali's justice minister on Wednesday asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into "grave and massive" crimes committed in the African nation that was plunged into turmoil by a coup this year. Court's Prosecutor...

UN backs shaming of those who use child soldiers

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday backed the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts over protests from Russia, China, Pakistan and Azerbaijan. A resolution supporting the U.N. special representative...

Islamists in Mali recruit, pay for child soldiers

MOPTI Mali (AP) - 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? The skinny teen had left his poor hometown in the desert with only the yellow Full version (available...

Rule of Law Essential to Restoring Malian Human Rights

The rule of law in Mali is at a critical juncture. In the past six months, the nation's government has been toppled by the military, the acting president was nearly beaten to death, there have been Taureg secessionist movements, and radical Islamists are imposing Sharia law upon territory they...

UN Security Council puts sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting. But it did not name two Full version (available to lexis...