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Republic of Cabinda to File Allegations with International Criminal Court against Angola: Genocide, War Crimes
London, 2 March 2006 For Immediate Release
Republic of Cabinda Press Agency (RCPA)
The Republic of Cabinda will soon be filing a referral and request for investigation of Angolan war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity with The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo. This situation involves crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court committed anywhere on the territory of the Angola including the illegally occupied enclave of Cabinda since 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.
In accordance with the Rome Statute and the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Prosecutor will be asked to carry out an analysis in order to determine whether to initiate an investigation. For this purpose, he will seek additional information in relation to the criteria set out in the Statute, including the gravity of alleged crimes, any relevant national proceedings, and the interests of justice. All victims and witnesses are asked to provide information to the Republic of Cabinda’s attorney – Jonathan Levy - through the contact information below.
Angolan troops invaded Cabinda on 11 November 1975. Cabinda was a Portuguese Protectorate since the signing of the Treaty of Simulambuco in 1885, and became known as the Portuguese Congo. Troops from Angola are still occupying Cabinda and committing organized atrocities against Cabindans including rape, summary execution, and genocide. The government of Cabinda and the defense forces of FAC exercises control over the majority of the enclave. An Angolan military offensive begun in 2002 has included organized torture, rape, murder, and looting but has not broken the spirit of the Cabindan people.
The Office of the Prosecutor is also currently conducting investigations in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For further information, please contact :
Mangovo Ngoyo
The Cabinda High Commission, United Kingdom
Phone: 44 + 7909 653 984
E-mail: cabinda@gmail.com
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