Africa Weekly: Chad claims victory over rebels, ICC jails Ugandan warlord for 25 years
22 May 2021 | 6:40 am
This week in Africa Weekly, Chad's military has declared victory over FACT, the rebel group blamed for killing ex-leader Idriss Deby. The International Criminal Court has sentenced Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen to 25 years' imprisonment for war crimes as a key commander of brutal group the Lord's Resistance Army. In Egypt, Muslims celebrate Eid with more ceremony than last year, when Covid-19 shut down festivities at the end of Ramadan. Finally, we explore the world of money changers in Djibouti, an unassuming group of women who keep the wheels of the economy turning.
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ICC chief prosecutorKarim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, told FRANCE 24 that he had decided to open fresh investigations into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the ongoing fighting in Sudan. He said his office had received numerous reports from many sources of crimes such as destruction of property, executions, killings and rapes.
Speaking at the 25th anniversary ceremony of the International Criminal Court, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said "no one should be able to lead a war of aggression and get away with it in the 21st century."
African leaders have complained about wrongful targeting by the International Criminal Court during the 25 years since its founding — but some African legal experts say those claims are unjustified.
The probe into thousands of killings in the "war on drugs" will continue, after the International Criminal Court rejected an appeal from the Philippines. The move was hailed by human rights groups.
The refusal comes days after the ICC said it would relaunch its probe into an anti-drug crackdown that killed thousands. Manila and the ICC are at loggerheads over the question of jurisdiction.
Chad's President Mahamat Idriss Deby met with Niger coup chief, General Abdourahamane Tiani, in Niger's capital Niamey on Sunday, after attending a summit with West African state leaders.
Twenty people died when a boat capsized in Ugandan waters on Lake Victoria on Wednesday morning, police said as rescuers and local residents searched for survivors. "So far 20 people have been confirmed dead, and nine (9) rescued," the Uganda police force said on Twitter, which is being rebranded as X.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was handed a three-year jail sentence for failing to declare state gifts he received while in power. He was cited by a spokesman as saying that he was being treated like a "terrorist."
In May, Uganda enacted a new law against homosexuality. The new legislation now affects international funding to the country. InfoMigrants examines whether the law might cause more people to flee the country.
The former prime minister was hospitalized after developing high blood pressure as he spent his first night in prison after more than 15 years in exile.
Maxime Mokom is accused of crimes against humanity for atrocities committed against Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic. ICC judges are determining whether he should stand trial.
The russian warlord at the head of Wagner mercenary group who had been courting African nations who'd been turning away from their traditional colonial allies, is reported dead. A chaotic day at the polls in Zimbabwe leads opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to cry foul. And the BRICS leaders agree to expand the bloc at the emerging economies summit
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