January 24, 2012

The ICC prosecutor decided to open an investigation in the DRC in July 2004, following a referral of the situation by the Congolese authorities. The prosecutor initially focused on the conflict in Ituri and brought two cases in relation to crimes there, before moving on to the Kivu provinces. There is currently one other trial related to crimes in the DRC at the ICC. Human Rights Watch has called on the ICC prosecutor to bring additional cases in order to make a meaningful contribution to justice and ending impunity in Congo.

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Key Documents:

ICC’s First-Ever Probe Must Be Effective

http://www.hrw.org/news/2004/06/23/icc-s-first-ever-probe-must-be-effective

ICC/DRC: New War Crimes Suspect Arrested

http://www.hrw.org/news/2008/02/07/iccdrc-new-war-crimes-suspect-arrested

ICC/DRC: Second Trial of Congolese Warlords

http://www.hrw.org/news/2009/11/23/iccdrc-second-trial-congolese-warlords

Unfinished Business

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2011/09/15/unfinished-business

Courting History: The Landmark International Criminal Court’s First Years

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2008/07/10/courting-history

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