Earth to The Hague

05 December 2005 by B. Bibas E. Chicon and F. Petit

Thousands of NGOs worldwide have been advocating for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for years. During the fourth Assembly of States Parties (ASP), which ended on December 3 in The Hague, dozens of them came to spur on the Court, in some cases not so gently.

On November 28, prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo gave the ASP an overview of his office's progress, saying that the first investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) begun on June 23, 2004, is "very advanced." Indeed, Kinshasa is eagerly awaiting the arrest warrants. "We are expecting two things from the ICC," says Julien Lontange Bongima, member of the DRC's official delegation. "First, that it immediately start helping us provide support to the numerous victims of crimes under its jurisdiction that were committed in the DRC. Second, that it help us put the perpetrators out of commission, who for the most part, are still moving about freely in the DRC."

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