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25 April 2005 by -

In an official photograph taken in The Hague on 16 April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is surrounded by 24 community leaders from northern Uganda who had come to ask him to suspend his investigations in their country. The balance of power was clear. "As soon as there is a solution to end the violence, and if the prosecution is not serving the interest of justice, then my duty is to stop the investigation and prosecution," Luis Moreno Ocampo told AFP after the meeting.

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05 October 2010 by -

The report on serious violations of international humanitarian law in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 1993 and 2003, compiled by the UN High Commission on Human Rights, was published on October 1st. A leak of the report in the French daily Le Monde on August 27th led to great controversy. Rwanda, accused of the most serious crimes, called the report “malicious, offensive and ridiculous”, and threatened to withdraw its peacekeeping force from Sudan.

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24 April 2006 by -

On April 12, the military tribunal in Songo Mboyo, in Equateur province, convicted seven soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) to life in prison for rapes treated as crimes against humanity. Five others were acquitted of the same charges.

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20 November 2006 by -

Two days before the International Criminal Court (ICC) hearing to confirm the charges against Thomas Lubanga, scheduled from 9 to 28 November in The Hague, the DRC National Coalition for the ICC expressed its "frustration to see only one charge of enlistment of child soldiers against only one accused"; a "small fish" [IJT-53-39-9].

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11 September 2006 by -

As of August 28, three years after the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that he was looking into the crimes committed in Ituri in the northeast part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and two years after the official opening of the investigation, which was said to be "at a very advanced stage" in December 2005 [IJT-39], Thomas Lubanga is the only Congolese citizen indicted and he is charged only with enlisting child soldiers. "The office of the prosecutor is in no way saying other offences were not committed.

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30 June 2010 by -

The trial against Jean-Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court has been postponed by a week.The trial was set to start next Monday, but due to a “likely change in the composition of the bench” the court decided to postpone it. Opening speeches are now scheduled for July 14th.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The former Congolese vice president and current senator stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) from October 2002 to March 2003.

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05 May 2008 by -

Nearly four years after the opening of its investigations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is officially searching a fourth suspect there.

Bosco Ntaganda, who is "around 35", has a full résumé: a Congolese Tutsi, he was barely of age when he joined the Rwandan Patriotic Army and participated in the conquest of Kigali during the 1994 genocide.

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19 October 2010 by -

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tuesday removed the last obstacle to start the trial against Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bemba, who was also a business tycoon, warlord, and senator, is accused of widespread rapes and sowing terror in the Central African Republic.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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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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