International Justice Monitor

A project of the Open Society Justice Initiative

A First Look at Opinions on the Trial in the Central African Republic

This website exists to increase understanding of the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba and issues related to the trial.  But we also want to bring to our readers the views of those most affected by the events that are the subject of the trial, and who may be affected by the work of the ICC in this particular case.  What does the trial of Mr. Bemba mean to them?  How do they view the ICC?  Last year, the Open Society Justice Initiative asked journalist Katy Glassborow to approach people in the Central African Republic (CAR) with these and other questions.  Some media reports from CAR have also offered insights.  This is not a comprehensive survey of public opinion in CAR, but … Continue Reading

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Views from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jean-Pierre Bemba stands accused of committing crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR), but because he is a prominent figure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many people there, too, have strong opinions about his trial at the ICC.  It is difficult to summarize opinions about anything in the DRC in a way that takes full account of the country’s great size and diversity.  But as the trial of Mr. Bemba gets underway, we will attempt a first look at some of the commonly expressed Congolese views on the ICC and this particular trial.

Opinions on international justice and the ICC

The people of the DRC have had more experience with the ICC than those of any other country.  All … Continue Reading

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A Decision to Allow the Trial to Proceed

With the prosecution and defense opening statements, the trial of The Prosecutor vs. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo will officially begin on November 22, 2010. But for more than a year already, the prosecution and defense have been presenting arguments in court, and ICC judges have already made important decisions in the case.

Most recently, on October 19, 2010, the Appeals Chamber of the ICC issued a decision to uphold an earlier decision by the judges of Trial Chamber III on a defense application to suspend or throw out the whole case. The defense application and the Trial Chamber’s decision dealt with three major questions: complementarity, gravity, and the fairness of the proceedings. Some of these issues have been widely discussed and debated … Continue Reading

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