|Bad News for Eritrea Tyrant: ICC Rules Rape's Crime against Humanity- Video |
28 March 2016
The ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Last week, 21 March 2016, vis á vis ex-Congolese VP heralded bad news for Eritrea tyrant also hit with crimes against humanity by the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) for, inter alia, a litany of rape committed by his troops.
"The unanimous conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba marked the first time the court has convicted a suspect based on his role as a military commander. It also was the court's first judgment recognizing rape as a war crime and crime against humanity" AP
"It is also the first time that the court has secured a conviction for "command responsibility", meaning that a commander can be found guilty even if he did not himself take direct part in such crimes as rape, murder and pillage but allowed them to be committed." Editorialized 'The Economist'
CEDAW (UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women): The case against Mr. Bemba was significant because, for the first time, the Prosecutor at the ICC brought charges against a defendant that focused heavily on gender-based crimes, including rape as both a crime against humanity and as a war crime. The conviction is also notable because it is the first time that the ICC has found a defendant guilty of crimes committed by his subordinates., based on Mr. Bemba's command responsibility for his troops.
For more read AP and 'The economist' reports belaw and watch a video clip of ICC presiding Judge Sylvia Steiner of Brazil read the verdict below