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Bosco Ntaganda at the start of his trial (Flickr/ ICC-CPI)
02 September 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda which opened before the International Criminal Court Wednesday is a test of the prosecutor’s new strategy to look at sexual and gender-based violence in all of the cases [IJT-179].

In this case,  for the first time, the ICC has agreed that sexual violence against child soldiers by their own commanders could constitute a war crime. 

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14 January 2015

International courts are increasingly looking at ways to compensate victims of crimes for their suffering. For its first issue in 2015, IJT 173 is thus focusing on reparations. Our correspondents examine the reparations controversy at the ECCC, Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal; developments at the ICC; disgruntled victims in northern Uganda; and the story of Srebrenica survivor Hasan Nuhanovic, who won a landmark civil case against the Dutch government for compensation.

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Germaine Katanga at International Criminal Court. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Despite lingering uncertainties, the final convictions of two Congolese warlords raises hopes that this year victims will see reparations handed to them by the International Criminal Court.

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04 April 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Since he was acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2012, the fate of the Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui remains unsettled. Last week he appeared in a Dutch district court to appeal against a decision to deny him asylum in the Netherlands, showing how the ICC, like its ad hoc predecessors, has not prepared for possible acquittals.

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14 May 2014 by Louise Jones, Goma (DRC)

Last week a military court in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), delivered a long-awaited judgment. For the past six months, 39 soldiers of the Congolese army were on trial for war crimes including looting, mass rape and murder. But to the disappointment of the 190 victims who had filed a complaint as civil parties, only two soldiers were convicted of rape and all the officers but one cleared. The remaining 25 men were convicted, mainly, of looting and indiscipline.

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14 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the second time in its 12 years’ existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has held a sentencing hearing. The prosecution sought a maximum 25 years in prison for the former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. The defence underlined his relatively lowly status and his youth as mitigating factors.

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28 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Last week Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC). While pronouncing a sentence that could lead to the early release, next year, of the universal court’s second convict, the presiding judge Bruno Cotte stressed the gravity of the crime. 

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Bosco Ntaganda will be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC), pre-trial judges confirmed on Monday, having reviewed 69,000 pages of evidence submitted by the prosecution. Ten years after the opening of ICC investigations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and eight years after the first arrest warrant against him [IJT-88IJT-83], Ntaganda becomes the fourth person to be charged by the universal court for crimes committed in the Eastern Ituri province.

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28 May 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Over two days, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’s defence challenged key video footage supporting the verdict that convicted the Congolese militia leader in 2012 for using child soldiers. During an appeals hearing held last week at the International Criminal Court (ICC), two witnesses explained that although they might have looked like child soldiers, they were young adults.

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09 July 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Three Congolese witnesses of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who were denied asylum in The Netherlands, were deported on Sunday to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their return was handled by the Dutch authorities, said their lawyer Flip Schüller.

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