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Central African Republic: International Criminal Court Begins Radio Series to Explain Activities to Citizens

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a series of radio programmes in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of an outreach campaign aimed at informing the country's population about the court's mandate and activities.

The 13-episode series, which will be broadcast in the Sango language, is called "Understanding the International Criminal Court" and uses a question-and-answer format. At least 14 separate radio stations are expected to air the programmes.

The radio programmes are the result of some 50 outreach sessions held by the ICC in the Central African capital, Bangui, between January and June this year.

Individual episodes will be aired once a week, and the topics include the structure of the court, the rights of suspects, judgement and sentencing and the rights and responsibilities of witnesses and victims.

The situation in the CAR is one of four - along with Sudan's Darfur region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda - currently under investigation by the Prosecutor of the ICC, an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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