On December 15, 2017, Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court has issued a decision on victims’ reparations in the case ‘The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo’, setting Lubanga’s liability for collective reparations at USD 10,000,000.
In a Press Release the Court underlines that “the Chamber examined a sample of 475 applications representative of all of the victims potentially eligible for reparations and concluded that 427 of them were most likely direct or indirect victims of the crimes of which Mr Lubanga was convicted”.
The decision follows the Order for Reparations issued by the Appeals Chamber on 3 March 2015 and the approval of plans for the implementation of symbolic collective reparations and of service-based collective reparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In light of Lubanga’s indigence, the Chamber has requested the Trust Fund for Victims to continue its efforts to collect funds, suggesting the possible involvement of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in order to continue and enhance its assistance to victims.
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), was found guilty as “co-perpetrator of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 into the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC) and using them to participate actively in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003”. In 2012 Lubanga was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. He is currently serving his sentence in the Makala Prison in the DRC.