Photo of Bosco Ntaganda (ICC-CPI)

The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda

Bosco Ntaganda was the alleged former Deputy Chief of Staff and commander of operations of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), the military wing of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC). In September 2002 the UPC/FPLC took over the north-eastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which sparked a year-long conflict with the Armée Populaire Congolaise (APC) and other ethnic Lendu militias. The conflict was marked by severe human rights abuses.

In 2008 the ICC unsealed an arrest warrant issued in 2006 for Mr Ntaganda for allegedly enlisting and conscripting children under the age of fifteen years into the FPLC and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri in 2002-2003. On 13 July 2012, a second arrest warrant was issued for Mr Ntaganda for his alleged responsibility in the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes, consisting in murder, attacks against the civilian population, rape and sexual slavery, pillaging and persecution.

He surrendered himself voluntarily in March 2013. In June 2014 the charges against him were confirmed and he was sent to trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, sexual slavery, conscription of child soldiers and forcible transfer of population, allegedly committed during the conflict in Ituri in 2002-2003.

The ICC is currently deciding on the best mechanism for victims to apply to participate in the Ntaganda case. REDRESS, together with Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF), is seeking to intervene in the case as a third-party in order to highlight practical issues relating to the two different application and participation systems under consideration and, in particular, a possible tiered application and participation process. REDRESS and ASF filed their application for leave to submit observations on 29 August 2014 (see below).

REDRESS has experience working closely with victim communities and the intermediaries working with them in numerous ICC countries, including DRC, Kenya, Uganda and Ivory Coast. 

For more information, please see the ICC's webpage on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Decision on the application by REDRESS and ASF for leave to submit observations, 24 September 2014 

Application by REDRESS and ASF for leave to submit observations, 29 August 2014

Annex to application by REDRESS and ASF for leave to submit observations, 29 August 2014

Decision on the application by REDRESS to Submit Amicus Curiae Brief, 18 February 2014

Application by the Redress Trust for leave to submit observations pursuant to Rule 103 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, 13 February 2014 

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