Yesterday, 7 August 2012, the International Criminal Court issued its first ever decision on reparations for victims, in the case against Thomas Lubanga, who had earlier been convicted for enlisting and conscripting children under the age 15 years and using them to participate actively in hostilities.
Elisabeth Rehn, Chair of the Board of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), hails the decision as “a historic milestone for victims of international crimes”.
She welcomes the important role and responsibilities given by the Court to the Fund to consult with victims and their communities for the design and implementation of appropriate collective reparations measures.
Ms Rehn also says that, to repair harm after mass victimisation, adequate resources are required for the TFV.
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