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Who is Dominic Ongwen? What is the Lord’s Resistance Army? How did the ICC come to bring charges against Ongwen? What are the charges against Ongwen? How does Ongwen’s experience as a child soldier affect judicial proceedings against…
Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.
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South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups continue to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop. The United Nations, the African Union (AU), the regional Intergovernmental Authority on…
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UN, AU Need to Impose Sanctions, Get Court Running

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups continue to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop, Human Rights Watch said today.  The United Nations…
Women from more than forty South Sudanese womens organizations carry placards during march through the city to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face in Juba, South Sudan on December 9, 2017.
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Thousands of Victims Participating in Case

(Brussels) – The opening of the International Criminal Court trial of a Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander is an important new chapter in holding the rebel group accountable for its brutal crimes in northern Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today.…
Ongwen at the ICC, January 21, 2016
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Map of South Sudan Glossary Age set: A system of social stratification. Individuals who are around the same age often share an important kinship. Which age set an individual belongs to is often more…
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Children Describe Forced Recruitment, Trauma, Abuse

(New York) – South Sudanese leaders should help end widespread use of child soldiers by suspending and investigating commanders who have recruited children, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Thousands of children have…
Child soldiers put down their guns in a disarmament and release ceremony in Jonglei state, South Sudan, February 10, 2015.
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South Sudanese leaders should help end widespread military use of schools by both government and opposition forces. South Sudan’s army has actually issued a military order prohibiting the soldiers from using the school for military purposes, but these…
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This week, President Barack Obama announced that four countries that use child soldiers — the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan – will continue to receive United States military assistance. The…
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The UN needs to do more to get children out of the South Sudan conflict.

South Sudan has been engaged in a civil war for 18 months now, with both sides using children to help fight their battles. As bad as it is for the world's newest country to descend into civil war, it's even worse to fight that war with children.  …
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In early 2014, just a month after war had broken out between South Sudan’s government and the armed opposition led by Riek Machar, the former vice president, government forces tore their way southward through Unity state, burning villages and displacing…
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Both Sides Should Stop Using Children Across Conflict Area

(Nairobi) – South Sudanese government forces are actively recruiting boys as young as 13, often by force, as soldiers in Malakal, Upper Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today.   Both parties to South Sudan’s conflict have recruited and used child…
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Ensure Ongwen’s Immediate Access to Counsel

(Nairobi) – The United States, Uganda, and the Central African Republic should ensure the prompt transfer of a rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2005, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Dominic…
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Government, Opposition Should Stop Deploying Children

(Juba) – South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. South Sudan’s former rebel forces, now the national army, had made tangible progress in…
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Global Campaign to Finalize, Implement Protection Guidelines

Geneva - The Norwegian government’s leadership to promote international standards to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict could spare students and teachers the horrors of war, the Global Coalition to Protect Education…