For over a decade, Human Rights Watch has documented atrocities committed by former Congolese general Bosco Ntaganda and his troops. Sought since 2006 by the International Criminal Court, Ntaganda has been accused of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Congo. A former leader of Rwanda-backed rebel group the National Congress for the Defense of the People, Ntaganda and his fighters were integrated into the Congolese army in 2009. Ntaganda led a mutiny in 2012 and became a leader of a new rebel group, the M23. The M23 have participated in summary executions, rapes, and forced recruitment of children. In March 2013, following infighting between M23 factions, Ntaganda turned himself in to the United States embassy in Rwanda. He was flown to The Hague where the trial in his case began in September 2015.
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