“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ICC asks for 30 years for Lubanga

Deutsche Welle, 13 June 2012

The outgoing prosecutor at the international Criminal court ( ICC) in the Hague, proposed for a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail against former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga.

"The prosecution requests the chamber to impose a sentence of 30 years in prison," Luis Moreno-Ocampo told judges before the Hague-based court. 

Lubanga was convicted of recruiting
Child soldiers in the DRC
The 51 year old  Lubanga was convicted in March of recruiting and using child soldiers to fight in an atrocious war between 2002 and 2003 in the north-eastern region of the DRC.

For more than five years, the warlord Lubanga has been on trial in the Hague, having been arrested in 2006 by the Congolese authorities and subsequently extradited to the Hague to face trial for crimes committed  in the DR-Congo.

Child soldiers and sex slaves

The Congolese warlord was  found guilty  of using Children between the age 11 and 15 from the Ituri region to fight for the "Union of Congolese Patriots" (UPC) a movement in which Thomas Lubanga was a leader. Children were forced to kill and taken on as sex slaves.

"What really matters for me is the punishment. It is about about children, who were turned into killers," said chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo during the hearings in early 2009.  Since then there were 220 hearings held. For the first time the victims of the militias were considered as co-plaintiffs in an International court. 

The ICC asks for a 30 year jail
sentence against Thomas Lubanga
Lubanga is one of the main actors of the conflict in Ituri district in north-east region of the Congo, which broke out  in the late 90’s between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups. The conflict turned out to be bloody and resulted into 60,000 deaths.
Lubanga was the founder of the Hema-dominated UPC and as commander of its military arm, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC). The militias are responsible for numerous massacres in Ituri.

Delays in the trial 

Conflicts in North eastern region of
the DRC has left 60,000 dead
The trial of Thomas Lubanga has been interrupted twice. The court criticised the prosecutors of its decision to keep the identity of its witnesses in the Congo secret. However the defense was given access to the files, but the names of the witnesses remained secret.

The process was resumed in August 2011 for closing arguments between the prosecution and the defense.

Apart from rebel leader Lubanga, other suspected criminals from Congo, Kenya, Uganda and the Ivory Coast are yet to appear before the court to answer charges allegedly committed in their respective countries.

Others whose arrest warrants have been issued are Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of former Libyan ruler.

Author: Isaac Mugabi, with additional material from Julia Hahn (AFP, DPA)
Editor: Asumpta Lattus

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