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Reactions from the Local Population to Collective Reparations in the Katanga Case

The below article is from our partner at Radio Canal Révélation, a radio station based in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The article was produced as part of the radio station’s Interactive Radio for Justice and Peace Project, which promotes discussion on critical issues around justice in DRC. The views conveyed in this article are those of the people interviewed and do not necessarily represent the views of all the members of the community or those of the victims.  

Several dozen victims of crimes committed by Germain Katanga in the village of Bogoro, in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are waiting impatiently for the reparations ordered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Réactions de la population locale sur les réparations collectives dans l’affaire Katanga

Cet article a été préparé par notre partenaire Radio Canal Révélation, une station radio basée à Bunia, en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), dans le cadre d’un projet de radio interactive pour la justice et la paix qui favorise la mise en débat des questions touchant à la justice en RDC. Les vues de la population relayées dans cet article sont celles des personnes interviewées et ne représentent pas forcément les vues de tous les membres de la communauté ni celles des victimes.

Plusieurs dizaines de victimes des crimes commis par Germain Katanga dans la localité de Bogoro, dans la province de l’Ituri en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), attendent impatiemment la réparation ordonnée par la Cour pénale internationale (CPI).

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Voices from the Ground: Reactions from Ituri on Recent ICC Judgments

The below transcript is from a program on Radio Canal Révélation, a radio station based in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which aired between March 6 and 11, 2015. The program is part of the radio station’s Interactive Radio for Justice and Peace Project, which promotes discussion on critical issues around justice in DRC. This transcript has been edited to remove non-relevant information.

In part one of the program International Criminal Court (ICC) officials take questions from listeners about the ongoing investigations and cases in the DRC. Part two of the program specifically addresses the recent ICC Appeals Chamber decision upholding the acquittal of Mathieu Ngdujolo Chui. 

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Part I

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Criminals or Victims? The Complexities of Addressing the Requests of ICC Witnesses for Asylum

Dear readers – please find below a commentary written by Olivia Bueno at the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in consultation with Congolese activists. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IRRI or of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

On June 27, a Dutch court refused the appeal of three former the International Criminal Court (ICC) witnesses, Floribert Ndjabu Ngabu, Sharif Manda Ndadza Dz’Na, and Pierre-Célestin Mbodina Iribi, for asylum in the Netherlands. The witnesses, who were previously in prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before giving testimony at the ICC, had been held at the ICC detention center in The Hague prior to their June 2014 release into the custody … Continue Reading

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Reactions to the Sentencing of Germain Katanga: Some Comfort, Some Frustration

Dear readers – please find below a commentary written by Olivia Bueno at the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in consultation with Congolese activists. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IRRI or of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

On May 23, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down a 12-year prison sentence to the convicted Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. Despite what was seen as a light sentence to some, it was not greeted with surprise in Ituri, the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) province where Katanga’s crimes took place. In the words of one local lawyer, “The acquittal of [Katanga’s former co-accused] Mathieu Ngudjolo and the changing of the mode … Continue Reading

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Statement from Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice on Katanga Sentencing Judgment

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The following statement was posted May 23, 2014 on the website of Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice , an international women’s human rights organization that advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and works with women most affected by the conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Open Society Justice Initiative. To read the full version of the statement, click here.

Today, a majority of Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Germain Katanga (Katanga) to 12 years’ imprisonment, in the second sentencing judgement issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Chamber also ordered that the six … Continue Reading

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ICC partially convicts Katanga in third Trial Judgment, acquitting Katanga of rape and sexual slavery

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The following commentary first ran in the first Special Issue of Legal Eye on the ICC, a regular eLetter produced by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, an international women’s human rights organization that advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and works with women most affected by the conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Open Society Justice Initiative. To read the full version of the Legal Eye eLetter, click here. To read the previous Special Issues, click here.  

On March 7, 2014, Trial Chamber II issued the ICC’s third Trial Judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga, convicting … Continue Reading

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In Ituri, Katanga Verdict Viewed as a Limited Success

Dear readers – please find below a commentary written by Olivia Bueno at the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in consultation with Congolese activists. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IRRI or of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

On Friday March 7, 2014, Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted, by a majority, Germain Katanga as an accessory to four war crimes (murder, attacking a civilian population, destruction of property, and pillaging) and one crime against humanity (murder). While some welcomed the verdict, reactions to the decision focused as much on what had not been done, as what had. In particular, questions were raised about the failure of the … Continue Reading

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Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence

NEW YORK—The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has just delivered its third judgment, finding Germain Katanga, a Congolese militia leader, guilty of promoting a brutal attack on civilians in eastern Congo in 2003.

For the often-criticized tribunal, the successful completion of another trial marks a welcome step forward, even if in this case, it is something of a partial victory. The trial has been troubled by questions of whether the ICC properly protected Katanga’s rights as a defendant – one of the three judges decided they had not. And the verdict itself is also troubling in another way.

While Katanga was found to be indirectly responsible for the massacre that occurred, he was acquitted of all responsibility for the vicious … Continue Reading

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Fundamental Fair Trial Questions Remain Unanswered Ahead of Tomorrow’s Judgment in the Katanga Case

Clair Duffy is a Senior Legal Advisor International Bar Association. The views expressed herein are the author’s own views and do not necessarily reflect those of the International Bar Association or of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

On Friday at 9:30am The Hague time, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court[i] will deliver its judgment in the case against Germain Katanga (in the ICC situation country of Democratic Republic of the Congo). It will be the third trial judgment to be delivered by the ICC since the court’s inception – all of them so far concerning crimes committed in eastern DRC. The same trial chamber acquitted Katanga’s former co-accused, Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, in December 2012, about one month after splitting … Continue Reading

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