Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, following renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Following the renewal of fighting in
the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), I would like to remind
all those involved that I am monitoring developments on the ground with the
The victims are, and will always
remain, my number one priority.
Regrettably, the unremitting violence that is wreaking havoc in the
region reflects the terrible cost of impunity.
Once again it is the civilian population in the Kivus which is paying
the price for others in the region who resort to weapons over dialogue.
All those involved in the fighting in
eastern DRC must refrain from committing crimes.
Justice must be done to enable the DRC
to break free of this downward spiral of violence. I will not hesitate to broaden my
investigations to include any new allegations of crimes within the Court's
jurisdiction and, if necessary, to prosecute those responsible. There can be no amnesty, no immunity, and no
impunity for these crimes.
Source : Office of the Prosecutor