International Criminal Court – Conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba (June 21, 2016)

On June 21, the International Criminal Court sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former head of the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo, to 18 years in prison.

For the first time, the International Criminal Court established the criminal liability of a defendant, as a military commander, for crimes committed by his troops in a third country under the “commands responsibility” principle. This is also the first court decision recognizing the use of rape and sexual violence as war crimes.

France reiterates its resolute commitment to combating impunity and its support for the International Criminal Court, with which we urge all nations to cooperate.