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Title:International Criminal Court (ICC): Investigations of Crimes Committed in the DRC and Uganda. What is Next?
Author:Friman, Hakan
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:civil wars
international criminal law
International Criminal Court
Law, Human Rights and Violence
international relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2004.9627315
Abstract:The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into force on 1 July 2002. The first investigations of the Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda are based on these States referring crimes committed on their own territory to the Court. The conflicts in these countries are very challenging: in both countries armed violence has not ceased and the government does not have control over all affected areas. The cooperation of the respective governments is necessary for effective investigations and prosecutions, while at the same time officials and government forces may be investigated. The prosecutor has announced some core policies: a positive approach to cooperation, a focused prosecutorial strategy aimed at the perpetrators who are most responsible, and a limited number of cases. All organs of the court are currently working on how best to accommodate the requirements of the Statute with respect to security and participation of victims as well as reparations. In both the DRC and Uganda, there is some concern that criminal investigations and prosecutions may derail ongoing peace efforts. Operations of the court vis--vis other peace efforts include investigations in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast and Sudan (Darfur). Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]