From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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Sierra Leone: Some of the Rape Victims, Other Victims of Aggression & Shots of Vandalised Opposition HQ
By Awareness Times
Mar 21, 2009, 23:23

These photographs shown below, belong to a variety of news media-houses in Sierra Leone who have all, by courtesy, made them available to Awareness Times Newspaper. The state of the wearing apparel of the ladies in question, as they are made to sit down on the grounds of the vandalised opposition SLPP HQ, all roughed up and covered in blood, speak for themselves. The wise ones say pictures speak more than a thousand words.
 
What happened in Sierra Leone on March 16th 2009 is an act of aggression that the determined Women of Sierra Leone are NOT going to sweep under the carpet.
 
The UN Security Council's Resolution 1820 has already noted that RAPE and other forms of sexual violence can constitute a war crime, a crime against humanity, or a constitutive act with respect to genocide.
 
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Although Acts of Aggression was originally included in its mandate, the precise definition of the term "Acts of Aggression" is yet to be complete so for now, the ICC is limited to only genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
 
In other words, even though the International Criminal Court is yet to define Acts of Aggression under which rape and sexual violence will easily fall, the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo already has the full authority to bring those accused of the egregious crime of gang-raping inside the SLPP Offices to book should the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma fail to thoroughly investigate and prosecute the offenders.
 
This is because UNSCR1820 makes it clear that an act of Rape is a War Crime and a Crime against Humanity; both of which fall under the purview of Moreno-Ocampo's mandate.
 
As for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Women of Sierra Leone are watching him keenly as the days unfold in front of us. We want to know his reaction to the silence from 'one of two African Leaders he can do business with' in the face of an overwhelming cry for Justice for alleged RAPE victims. Mr. Tony Blair, all eyes are currently on you!!!!!



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