Most notable developments include the arrest  and prosecution of warlords and rebel leaders.

Notorious Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 10 July 2012 and sentenced to jail for 14 years for using child soldiers in armed conflicts in Congo.

The international criminal court sentenced Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in prison, the first conviction by the permanent war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The Congolese warlord was found guilty in March of abducting boys and girls under the age of 15 and forcing them to fight in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern Ituri region in 2002 and 2003.

Netherlands War Crimes Congo

The international criminal court sentences Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in prison David Smith in Johannesburg, Tuesday 10 July 2012 05.25 EDT

— Article &  Video of sentencing:

A Congolese Rebel Leader Who Once Seemed Untouchable Is Caught – According to United Nations officials and Rwandan authorities, General Nkunda was captured by Rwandan troops as he tried to escape a Congolese-Rwandan offensive that has taken aim at several rebel groups terrorizing eastern Congo.


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Gen. Laurent Nkunda, shown in November 2008, was apprehended late Thursday by Rwandan troops. Rwandan authorities on Friday were tight-lipped about what they would do with him.

Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR): 

Ongoing impunity for human rights violations, including for sexual violence, hinders the successful reintegration of former child soldiers. Efforts by the government, the international community, donors and NGOs were hampered by a context of poverty, weak or non-existent state institutions and an infrastructure devastated by war.[1]

Go back to DRC or Girl Soldier

See also more information about Afghanistan and Myanmar

[1] Child Soldiers Global report 2008; Congo, Democratic Republic of.pdf


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