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Five years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur. Unfortunately, to date the international community has failed to impose consequences for Bashir’s atrocities.
Today, international justice advocates around the world are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of the International Criminal Court—the world's first international court to hold perpetrators accountable to the world's worst human rights crimes. Learn more about the court, and why supporting is important, through a collection of tools from around the Web.
The case of Bosco Ntaganda clearly shows how the perpetuation of impunity is continuing to affect the lives of civilians in Eastern Congo. Wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, calls for his arrest have fallen on deaf ears for the last three years.
Today, Humanity United joined a coalition of 142 human rights organizations—including 132 Congolese NGOs—to tell international and Congloese policymakers that Ntaganda's arrest cannot be postponed any further.
Today, the International Criminal Court found Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, guilty of recruitment and use of child soldiers.
This is the first ICC trial to reach the judgment phase in the court's tenth year. Humanity United welcomes this decision and supports the court as part of our focus to strengthen institutions that promote peace, security, and justice.
With the tropical storms blown away, the Kampala Conference on the International Criminal Court began the formal exercise of “stocktaking” yesterday, looking at where the Court has been in its first eight years. The morning session opened with a meeting on how the Court relates to victims and affected communities, which focused on outreach to victims, reparations, and the experience of victims in dealing with the “ICC” , as described by some survivors of violence in “Darfur” . A series of meetings kept me from attending, but according to people I spoke to, one interesting topic that the session raised was how to enhance the ability of the international community to find the assets of perpetrators and use them to provide reparations to the victims.
Under an overcast sky with intermittent tropical downpours, the “ICC” Review Conference wound its way through a set of “interventions” (read: speeches) by heads of delegations on Tuesday.
A number of inspirational and enlightening “NGO” side events took place in Kampala yesterday. In one event, African NGOs shared their perspectives on the Court, and panelist Oby Nwankwo described how Nigerian NGOs mobilized to convince their government to rescind a state invitation to Sudanese President Bashir because of the “ICC” indictment.