07 January 2010 by Hélène Michaud

The trial of ex-Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo resumed last week at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The founder and former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots was a key player in the Ituri conflict and stands accused of using child soldiers.

25 November 2009 by Sylvere Unen

As the trial of former militiamen Mathieu Ngudjolo and Germain Katanga opened this week at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, residents of their home district of Ituri in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are losing faith in the court. 

14 July 2010 by -

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has stayed proceedings in the war crimes trial against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

Trial judges on Thursday said that as long as the prosecutor refused to implement their orders “a fair trial is no longer possible and justice cannot be done, not least because the judges will have lost control of a significant aspect of the trial proceedings.”

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.

14 March 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 147.

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.

15 April 2014 by IJT

The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges decided last week to postpone, sine die, the appeals hearings of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, convicted two years ago to 14 years imprisonment. 

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

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has explained that “no additional investigations” have been made into possible offenses against the court in the case of Thomas Lubanga Diyolo, despite heavy criticism from the trial judges in 2012 of three intermediaries who “may have committed crimes” during the trial. The appeals hearing against his 14 year jail term for conscripting child soldiers is due next week.

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.

11 June 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The sentencing of Germain Katanga last month [IJT-160] at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 12 years imprisonment is the second in the court’s existence. During extensive post-trial deliberations, his charges were changed – while his co-accused Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui was acquitted. The trial chamber was sharply divided, with Judge Christine van den Wyngaert, from Belgium, expressing strong dissenting opinions. Prosecution and defence have declared their intentions to appeal the conviction. 


Thomas Lubanga Dyilo