Monthly Archives: February 2012
The Security Council today urged countries of the region of the Gulf of Guinea to take prompt action to develop and implement to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also urged the countries, through regional organizations, to work towards the convening of the planned joint Summit of Gulf of Guinea States to develop a regional anti-piracy strategy, in cooperation with the African Union.
In addition, the Council encouraged international partners to provide support to regional States and organizations to enhance their capabilities to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, including their capacity to conduct regional patrols and establish and maintain joint coordinator centres, among other measures.
Today’s action comes two days after the UN political chief told the Council that a comprehensive regional strategy is critical if countries are to successfully combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Gulf of Guinea countries need a united front in order to respond to effectively to the growing threat of piracy along their coasts. Isolated national initiatives are only temporarily, at best, pushing the pirates to shift their criminal operations from one country to the next,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, had stated.
He told the Council that piracy and armed robbery against ships increasingly undermine efforts by States in the Gulf of Guinea region to maintain peace, security and stability and to promote socio-economic development. The threat has become even more alarming as the pirates have become more violent.
A team deployed last November by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the scope of the piracy threat in the Gulf of Guinea found that the scourge has become more systematic, with the pirates resorting to sophisticated modes of operations and utilizing heavy weapons.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced today that next month it will deliver its first ever verdict, issuing a judgment in the war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese man accused of participating in the recruitment of child soldiers.
The verdict in the trial of Mr. Lubanga Dyilo will be made in open court on 14 March. His trial started in January 2009 and the closing statements were presented by the parties and participants in August last year.
In accordance with the Rome Statute that established the ICC, to convict an accused person, the trial chamber must be convinced of his or her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
In the event of a conviction, the trial chamber will consider an appropriate sentence. Irrespective of whether the accused is acquitted or convicted, the court is required to establish the principles to be applied in relation to reparations, and it may make orders regarding awards of reparations to victims.
Mr. Lubanga Dyilo is accused of having committed, with others, the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 into the rebel group known as Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo), and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri district in north-eastern the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between September 2002 and August 2003.
He was transferred to The Hague, where the ICC is based, in March 2006 after his surrender. A warrant of arrest had been issued against him.
Currently, 14 cases have been brought before the ICC, including four that have reached the trial stage.
Chol Tong Mayay, governor of Lakes state, July 9, 2011 (ST)
Governor Chol Tong Mayay issued decrees yesterday removing the chairperson and deputy chairperson of Lakes state anti-corruption commission.
Mayay’s decree, which came into effect on 27 February, relieves Dominic Madol Alawei (chairperson); Silas Kot Thong (deputy chairperson); and Peter Machar Agook of their positions.
Mayay’s second decree, immediately removes: Enock Manyuon Malok, D/G minister of local government and law reinforcement agency; Isaac Manyuon Madem, D/G of ministry of agriculture and forestry; Philip Deng Ahoc, D/G of ministry for social development; Martin Makur Malual Gurker, D/G of ministry of parliamentary affairs; Madhel Meshack Manyuon, D/G ministry of physical Infrastructure; and Ustaz Kongor Deng Kongor, D/G of ministry of education.
The reason for the firings was not given and no official was available for comment.
Lakes state is no stranger to allegations of corruption. Dut Makoi, a former political adviser in Lakes state accused Mayay of corruption in October 2011. An allegation which Mayay denied and Makoi later denied.
The Lakes state minister of finance, trade and industry, Pur Chiengan Dakbai, was brought before parliament on charges of corruption in January 2012.
Lakes state decree 42012 – relieving director generals