ICC: Lubanga convicted, who is next?

15 March 2012 | marijnlizzy

15 March 2012

Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga of using child soldiers.

Mr Lubanga founded and led the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC). This rebel group was one of the key players in the conflict which took place in the Ituri region (north-east DR Congo). Rebels under his command have been accused of human rights violations including: ethnic massacres, murder, torture, rape, mutilation and forcibly conscripting child soldiers.

The ICC verdict was its first ever ruling. Many see this verdict as promising regarding the convictions of more war criminals, such as Joseph Kony who has also been indicted by the Court.

However, questions are being raised as to how the ICC decides who is to be indicted. In the case of the LRA conflict formerly in Uganda and now in DRC, CAR and South Sudan, people are asking why others who have committed crimes similar atrocities to those of Kony are not indicted. There have been calls for leaders of Uganda’s national army, and even President Museveni himself, to be brought to the ICC.

For more on this story, read The Telegraph’s ICC finds Congo warlord guilty of using child soldiers in first verdict and Think Africa Press’  Lubanga Convicted: What Next for the ICC?

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