In Global Justice news last week: ICC sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in prison; former UPC fighter accuses ICC suspect Ntaganda in alleged ethnic killings; Mexico and the EU strengthen cooperation in human rights field; and much more.
Civil society has reacted to last week’s International Criminal Court (ICC) sentencing of Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) ex-commander, Jean-Pierre Bemba, to 18 years in prison.
In March 2016, the ICC found the Congolese politician and former rebel leader guilty of rape and murder as crimes against humanity, and rape, murder and pillaging as war crimes – committed by troops under his command during an unsuccessful 2002-3 anti-coup operation in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The verdict simultaneously gave the ICC its first sexual and gender-based crimes and command responsibility convictions. The sentence, meanwhile, was the longest so far in ICC history.
Read statements on the historic judgment from the International Federation for Human Rights, the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, No Peace Without Justice and other civil society organizations that have been supporting the ICC case and working for years towards complete justice for communities affected by the 2002-3 conflict.
International Criminal Court investigations
Central African Republic II: UN expert stresses urgency of disarming Anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka groups and restoring rule of law, welcomes progress towards Special Criminal Court in the country
Democratic Republic of Congo: Former UPC fighter accuses Ntaganda of alleged ordered ethnic killings while Human Rights Watch officer testifies at ICC trial
Kenya: Former UN chief Kofi Annan questions ICC’s handling of the Kenya cases
Libya: Gaddafi son picks ICC “fixer” Karim Khan as defence lawyer
ICC preliminary examinations
Burundi: Foreign Affairs Minister threatens to abandon ICC after preliminary examination launched
Campaign for Global Justice
Trial publishes 2015 activity report, calls on all stakeholders to “overcome the idea that justice will come from afar” and to fight impunity from home
draft policy on prosecuting and investigating crimes concerning childrenrosecutor Fatou B. Bensouda publishes
Around the world
Asylum seekers call on Europe to try Eritrea leader for crimes against humanity
UN panel reports on ISIS crimes against Yezidis in Iraq and Syria
Cambodia‘s controversial Khmer Rouge Tribunal leaving mixed legacy after ten years
Alleged war crimes finally probed decade after Nepal peace pact
Humanitarian Law Center publishes Serbia transitional justice report, highlights problems in 1990s war crimes trials and slow progress linked to lack of political will