First ICC Conviction

This is old news now, but we still thought it was important to note. Despite all the controversy surrounding Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012” video, it does seem to have sparked at least one good thing: the International Criminal Court‘s first conviction. After 10 years of existence without a conviction and over $1 billion dollars worth of expenses, the court convicted Thomas Lubanga on four counts–crimes against “humanity – murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and ‘other inhuman acts'”–a little over a week after Kony 2012 went live. Coincidence? Maybe, but it is certainly interesting to note that Lubanga, like Kony is accused of recruiting and using child soldiers in his milita. Lubanga will be officially sentenced later this month on April 18th. Experts estimate that he will be charged between 15-30 years for his crimes.

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