Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced a plan to provide reparations for victims of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is the first ICC decision implementing its power to award reparations. Lubanga was convicted earlier this summer of war crimes for the use of child soldiers and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Under the victims compensation plan, funds will be administered by the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), an entity created by the Rome Statute to implement court-ordered reparations and to help rehabilitate victims. The TFV will hold consultations with the victims and communities affected by the war crimes in the DRC to determine appropriate compensation. Payments will must be approved by the ICC. Lubanga has been declared indigent, so the reparations will be paid by the TFV. The TFV is funded through fines and forfeitures as well as donations by States and private donors. For more information, click here.