Repairing and Reparations: Buying Victims’ Silence in the DRC?

Justice in Conflict

Mattia Cacciatori joins JiC for this post on the challenges of providing effective and appropriate reparations from the International Criminal Court. Mattia is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bath, focusing on the role of superpowers in the administration of Transitional Justice.

(Photo: PressTV) (Photo: PressTV)

In 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Thomas Dyilo Lubanga guilty of conscripting children under the age of fifteen to fight for his Congolese Patriotic Union. His troops were also implicated in pillaging, torture, and ethnic massacres. Lubanga’s trial was historic and the first in the ICC’s history to be completed. But the verdict also posed a new challenge for the ICC and the project of international criminal justice: how to pay reparations to the victims and survivors of Lubanga’s crimes.

Earlier this month, the Appeals Chambers of the ICC issued its ruling on reparations in the Lubanga case. Specifically, the Appeals Chamber instructed…

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