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DRC, ICC to Strengthen Cooperation in Fight Against War Crimes Impunity

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The government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor on Thursday (June 1st) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their cooperation.

The parties vowed to intensify the fight against impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

For pledges not to become vain wishes, the ICC chief prosecutor eyes “a new paradigm”.

“The MOU we’ve signed today is the first step in that and now we need to make sure we don’t just speak; we deliver more effectively for the people of this country.”

The ICC has handed down three sentences for crimes committed in the DRC since 2002.

Justice minister Rose Mutombo represented the Congolese government during the signing in Kinshasa.

President Tshisekedi reiterated his country’s aspiration for an end to impunity.

“This renewed commitment reflects our desire to strengthen cooperation with your office [Editor’s Note: Addressing the ICC chief prosecutor], which we see above all in the context of active and dynamic cooperation, geared towards the ideals of justice and peace that my country is leading today.”

Armed groups have plagued much of eastern DRC for three decades, a legacy of regional wars that flared in the 1990s and 2000s.

The ICC handed down three sentences for crimes committed in the DRC since it started operating in 2002. The body launched its first investigations in the northeastern Ituri region in 2004.

“There has been good cooperation with the DRC,” Khan said Thursday.

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