Monday, January 26, 2009
The ICC's trial of the former Congolese military leader, Lubanga, begins today. Not only is it the first ever trial at the International Criminal Court, it also has already made unprecedented use of video to show the perspectives of victims. The human rights group, WITNESS, interviewed the children and young women who had been conscripted into the army allegedly by Lubanga and his associates and videotaped their stories. This work resulted in two films, excepts of which can be seen here and here. A Duty to Protect was shown several times at the ICC before the ICC announced the indictment of Lubanga. The ICC has arranged for it to be shown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week during the trial. Hat tip to Chris Michael.