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POL/HTY 395: Genocide & Laws of War (Rimanelli): Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (D.R. Congo)

Who is Lubanga?

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is a Congolese rebel militia leader accused of conscripting child soldiers to further the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during 2002 and 2003. If proven, this constitutes a war crime, one of the most serious international crimes.

This trial, historic as the first to reach a verdict before the ICC, has the potential to set another critical precedent in the fight against impunity for mass atrocity.

Child Soldier

Photo: BUNIA, CONGO - JUNE 10: A child soldier walks the streets June 10, 2003 in Bunia, the provincial capital of Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images