ICC Bemba Appeal
This fact sheet provides background information on the appeal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Bemba is a 55-year-old former vice president, businessman, and militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who was convicted on March 16, 2016, of war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the 2002–2003 conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The 18-year prison sentence handed down to him is the longest issued by the ICC. He appealed both the conviction and the sentence. The prosecutor also appealed to raise his prison sentence to 25 years.
The judgment on his appeal will be handed down on Friday, June 8, 2018.
Justice Initiative Continues to Call for Fairness and Transparency in ICC Prosecutor Election Process
In light of indications that International Criminal Court (ICC) states parties are considering late-stage changes to the election process for the court’s next prosecutor, the Justice Initiative has joined more than a dozen civil society groups in an open letter calling for states to ensure that the process remains fair, transparent, and merit-based.
Electing the Next Judges of the International Criminal Court: Principles and Essential Skills
This briefing paper outlines the steps member states should prioritize during the elections of six new judges to the International Criminal Court to ensure the highest caliber candidates are elected.
Open Society Justice Initiative Sues Trump Administration over International Criminal Court Executive Order
The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over a Trump administration executive order authorizing draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties for those who support the ICC.