The Terror Journal

A Journal on Terrorism and Genocide

Joseph Mpambara guilty of torture in Rwandan genocide

NetherlandsA court in the Netherlands has found a Rwandan Hutu, Joseph Mpambara, guilty of torture during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 but not of war crimes.

He was given 20 years in prison for, the judges said, robbing “two women and at least four children of their most valuable possession: their lives”.

He had ordered them to be pulled out of an ambulance and hacked to death.

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UN says detention of Aung San Suu Kyi illegal

UNThe UN has said the detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi violates both international legislation and the laws of Burma.

The UN working group on arbitrary detentions called for Ms Suu Kyi’s immediate release.

Ms Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest, and many of her democratic allies have been jailed.

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Expulsion of aid groups raises risks in Darfur

DarfurThe sign outside the clinic in Otash camp reads “8-hour service daily.”

On Friday, Haider Ismael al-Amin lay in his mother’s arms, his 10-year-old body withered and weak from dehydration after a night of vomiting. But the door to the clinic was locked. After 30 minutes of waiting, his family gave up.

“The white people used to come every day,” said Hawa Hamal Mohammed, a relative of the boy. “Now the clinic is closed.”

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Hutu rebels in Congo strike back again

Democratic Republic of CongoA new rebel push in Congo’s wild, wild east is threatening to mar recent progress toward peace and plunge one of the world’s most war-ravaged regions into a fresh humanitarian crisis.

From Jan. 21 until late February, the Congolese Army joined neighboring Rwanda in a surprise offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu militia suspected of committing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and wreaking havoc in the mineral-rich mountains of eastern Congo ever since.

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Darfur rebels to stop peace talks with Sudan

DarfurThe Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a major rebel group in Darfur, said on Friday it had decided to end peace talks with the Sudanese government until it lets back aid groups expelled from the troubled region.

“The movement cannot negotiate with the government of (Sudanese President Omar Hassan) al-Bashir,” JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone.

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Congolese flee new Hutu attacks

Democratic Republic of CongoSome 30,000 people have fled raids by the Hutu FDLR militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past two weeks, the UN says.

The armies of Rwanda and DR Congo launched a joint operation against the FDLR in January, before Rwandan troops returned home a month later.

The UN’s refugee agency says the militia has been retaliating against the civilian population.

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Sudan ready to talk to U.S. envoy

SudanSudan’s U.N. ambassador said on Wednesday that Khartoum was ready for constructive talks with a new U.S. special envoy, adding that he hoped Washington was prepared to reciprocate.

“Sudan wants constructive engagement and normal dealings with the U.S.,” Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem told Reuters in an interview.

“We are ready for dialogue and cooperation,” he said. “We hope the U.S. will reciprocate.”

As the humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s western Darfur region worsens, U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the appointment of retired Air Force General Scott Gration as his special envoy to Sudan, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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Fresh attack on Koreans in Yemen

YemenA suicide bomber has attacked a South Korean delegation visiting Yemen after a deadly attack on tourists on Sunday.

Officials said no one apart from the bomber was harmed in this attack.

Reports say he walked between two cars in the Korean convoy as it was driving back to the airport in Sanaa and detonated an explosives belt.

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Clinton’s warning to Sudan leader

Hilary ClintonThe US secretary of state has said Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will be held responsible for “every single death” in the refugee camps of Darfur.

Hillary Clinton said Khartoum’s recent decision to expel 13 foreign aid agencies would cause “untold misery”.

Sudan threw out the groups after Mr Bashir was indicted by the war crimes court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama is set to name a retired US Air Force general as his special envoy to Sudan later.

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Al Qaeda bomber behind Yemen suicide attack

YemenA suicide bomber behind a deadly attack that killed four South Korean tourists in Yemen was trained in lawless Somalia, just across the busy Gulf of Aden shipping route, a Yemeni security official said on Tuesday.

The bombing, which is likely to further damage the impoverished country’s nascent tourism sector, came after repeated calls by al Qaeda leaders for attacks on non-Muslim foreigners in the Arabian Peninsula.

Violence in Yemen has affected foreign firms developing its oil and gas sector, while attacks on foreigners — including kidnappings by tribesmen — have hit tourism, diplomats say.

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