ICJ orders Uganda to pay $325m for Congo occupation
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- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has held Uganda guilty of occupying parts of Democratic Republic of Congo from 1998 to 2003.
Uganda was held responsible for the deaths of 10-15000 people in the eastern Ituri region of Congo and for looting its gold, diamonds and timber .
The ICJ has ordered Uganda to pay $ 325 million as compensation to Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo filed a case against Uganda in 1999 for acts of armed aggression committed against it and its citizens. It accused Ugandan soldiers of looting and human rights violations.
The ICJ decision is final but it has no power to enforce its decision .
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
- The International Court of Justice is also called the World Court, and is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations.
- It was set up in 1945
- Its headquarters: The Hague, Netherlands .
- It hears cases relating to disputes between member countries but it has no power to enforce its decision.
- It is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa. It is the second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia in the world .
- Capital : Kampala
- Currency : Ugandan Shilling
Democratic Republic of Congo
- It is located in Central Africa . It is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria .
- Capital : Kinshasa. It is on the bank of River Congo
- Congo is the only river in the world to cross the equator twice .
- Currency : Congo franc
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