ICC on the road to reparations

24 April 2012 by -

If it took 6 years to convict the Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga, how long will it take the International Criminal Court (ICC) to decide on reparations for the victims?

by Josephine Uwineza, Brussels

[related-articles]The ICC has made its mark on international justice by introducing victims’ participation into trials.
The Lubanga trial continues to be a trail blazer for the Rome Statute, as the court’s first conviction has now led to the first reparations proceedings.

If it took 6 years to convict the Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga, how long will it take the International Criminal Court (ICC) to decide on reparations for the victims?

by Josephine Uwineza, Brussels

[related-articles]The ICC has made its mark on international justice by introducing victims’ participation into trials.
The Lubanga trial continues to be a trail blazer for the Rome Statute, as the court’s first conviction has now led to the first reparations proceedings.

ICC judges received submissions on reparations from parties including victims, prosecution and defence teams last Thursday. Every recruited child soldier who qualified as a victim and participated in the trial is entitled to individual reparations. Both prosecution and victims’ representatives insist that experts must be appointed to evaluate who is entitled to reparations and the level of damages to be considered. 

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