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CNN | June 28, 2011

The International Criminal Court is still trying to link Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his brother-in-law to rapes, but it does not yet have enough evidence to do so, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday.

It has evidence that rapes have taken place in Libya’s civil war, he said, but he cannot prove Gadhafi ordered them. (more…)

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Reuters | June 9, 2011

UNITED NATIONS – International Criminal Court investigators have evidence linking Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to a policy of raping opponents and may bring separate charges on the issue, the ICC prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo requested arrest warrants on May 16 against Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s spy chief on charges of crimes against humanity committed during attempts to crush the country’s rebellion. (more…)

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By Eleven Afghanistan-operating NGOs: ActionAid; Afghanaid; CARE; Christian Aid; Cordaid; Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO); International Rescue Committee (IRC); Oxfam; Save the Children Alliance

Summary

1 Protection of civilians

The intensification and spread of the conflict in Afghanistan is increasingly affecting civilians. In 2008 there were over 2,100 civilian casualties, 55% of which were caused by militants. Despite steps to reduce civilian casualties, international military forces (IMF) caused 552 civilian deaths through airstrikes in 2008, which is up by 72% on 2007. IMF have also carried out or supported raids and search operations, a large number of which have involved an excessive use of force, including loss of life, physical assault, damage to property and theft, as well as aggressive and improper treatment of women. Such conduct not only generates anger and mistrust towards foreign troops, but is steadily eroding popular support for the international presence in the country. Furthermore, many individuals detained by Afghan and US forces are held for long periods without charge or trial, and there are allegations of mistreatment and torture.

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In search of Zawadi
By Mike Thomson
BBC News, Today programme

Although Zawadi Mongane’s horrific story shocked me – and later much of the world – it is not an unusual story for this part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (more…)

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Struggling to Undo the Damage of Sexual Violence
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

The Monam group of rape survivors in the northern town of Bossangoa in the Central African Republic (CAR) does what it can to keep going, but morale is low and money tight.

“We’ve been left to fend for ourselves. We get little help from outside. Many of our members have died,” the group’s chairwoman, Pelagie Ndokoyanga, told IRIN/PlusNews. (more…)

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U.N.: Sudan’s army raped, looted in Darfur
BBC NEWS

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday accused the Sudanese army of looting towns and raping girls and women during attacks it carried out in West Darfur with the help of Arab militias. (more…)

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Sudan accused over Darfur strikes
BBC NEWS

A UN report accuses the Sudanese army of carrying out rapes and looting during attacks in Darfur. (more…)

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