Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with its First Sentence in the Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case


The Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to a total period of 14 years of imprisonment.

The Chamber also ordered that the time from Mr Lubanga’s surrender to the ICC on 16 March 2006 until today should be deducted from this sentence. Mr Lubanga Dyilo was found guilty on 14 March 2012, of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate in hostilities in the Ituri region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003.

This first sentence of the ICC gives us opportunity to review the past, assess the future of the ICC as its turns ten.

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