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Angelina Jolie At The Hague

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Angelina Jolie At The Hague, Hollywood star and activist Angelina Jolie greeted the conviction of a Congolese warlord Wednesday, praising the Hague court for its “strong message against the use of child soldiers”.

The International Criminal Court in its first verdict found Thomas Lubanga, 51, guilty of abducting and conscripting children as young as 11 to fight and kill in a conflict in a gold-rich region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After watching from the front row of the public gallery, Jolie in a statement said that “the delivery of the ICC’s first verdict is an important moment for the court, for the DRC and for the rule of law”.

“Most of all, it sends a strong message against the use of child soldiers,” she said, adding that she hoped the conviction would also “provide some measure of comfort for the victims”.

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