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International Criminal Court: Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime

(June 13, 2014) On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to an ICC press release, the new document “will guide the Office of the Prosecutor … in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Convicted War Criminal Sentenced

(May 30, 2014) On May 23, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to 12 years of imprisonment. Katanga had been convicted in March 2014 of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from his role as the leader of the Patriotic […]

Egypt; International Criminal Court: Petition from Muslim Brotherhood Rejected

(May 12, 2014) In an official statement issued on May 8, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it does not have jurisdiction over the allegations submitted in an official complaint against the current Egyptian government by lawyers representing the Freedom and Justice Party, which is affiliated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Organization. (Press […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Militia Leader Convicted of War Crimes

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 7, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Germain Katanga, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of four counts of war crimes and one crime against humanity. He was acquitted of other charges, including using child soldiers, rape, and sexual slavery. The decision, delivered by […]

International Criminal Court; Mali: Preliminary Investigation Launched into Recent Violence

(July 23, 2012) On July 18, 2012, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, stated that an inquiry is being launched into the recent violence in Mali, pursuant to a letter from the Malian government in which such an investigation was requested. (Jaclyn Belczyk, ICC Opens Preliminary Inquiry into Mali Violence, […]

International Criminal Court: Prosecutor Declares It Lacks Jurisdiction to Determine Whether Palestine Is a State

(Apr. 13, 2012) On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, Situation in Palestine (Apr. 3, 2012).) On January 22, 2009, the […]

International Criminal Court: Landmark ICC Ruling Finds Congo Militia Leader Guilty

(Apr. 11, 2012) The International Criminal Court (ICC), established in July 2002, issued its first decision on March 14, 2012. In the landmark case, “The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo,” the three-judge panel comprising Trial Chamber I found military leader Lubanga guilty of war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Dan Taglioli, Congo […]

International Criminal Court; Mali: Agreement on Enforcement of Sentences

(Jan. 25, 2012) The Republic of Mali and the International Criminal Court (ICC), seated in The Hague, signed an agreement on January 12, 2012, on enforcement of ICC sentences of imprisonment. Mali is the first African state to conclude such an agreement with the ICC, which has similar arrangements with the governments of Austria, Belgium, […]

International Criminal Court: On the Defensive over Heavy Involvement in Africa

(July 6, 2011) As it prepares to launch yet another investigation into the recent conflict in Cote d’Ivoire, the International Criminal Court (ICC) finds itself on the defensive and having to fend off criticism that it is excessively and unfairly targeting Africans. (Tim Cocks, ICC Says Protecting Africans, Not Targeting Them, REUTERS (June 30, 2011; […]

International Criminal Court; South Korea: Examination of Recent Incidents as Possible War Crimes

(Dec. 9, 2010) On December 7, 2010, Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stated that following the receipt of communications from Korean citizens on the matter, he is considering the question of treating recent incidents in the Republic of Korea (South Korea or ROK) as war crimes. The two events […]