Child soldiers and the ICC

Somehow this slipped through the cracks, but after 10 years of operation, the ICC finally obtained its first conviction ever:

Mr Lubanga Dyilo was the President of the Union des patriotes congolais(Union of Congolese Patriots) (UPC), the Commander-in-Chief of its military wing, the FPLC, and its political leader. He exercised an overall coordinating role regarding the activities of the UPC/FPLC and he actively supported recruitment initiatives, for instance by giving speeches to the local population and the recruits. Furthermore, he personally used children below the age of 15 amongst his bodyguards and he regularly saw guards of other UPC/FPLC staff members who were below the age of 15.

The Court must still come up with suitable reparations as well as a punishment, and the defense will still appeal, but it’s a milestone a long time coming.

The U.S., of course, has never become a party to the ICC’s Rome Statute, because we’re worried about all our own little war criminals being prosecuted by this over-active tribunal…

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  • rob

    They’re running amok!