Statement: 23 September 2016 |

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, following the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In response to the violent events that have taken place over the past several days in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as acts which allegedly could constitute crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), I wish to remind one and all in the DRC that I am monitoring the situation on the ground with the utmost vigilance.

I call on all those potentially involved and on all Congolese stakeholders, on all sides, to exercise calm and restraint, and to refrain from any act of violence against persons or property.

I also call on all actors, irrespective of their official status or political affiliation, to clearly and unequivocally urge their supporters, sympathizers and agents to refrain from committing any act of criminal violence against individuals, and to take the necessary measures to prevent such acts from being committed.

My Office has been investigating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2004 and our work continues. If acts constituting crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court are committed, I will not hesitate to act and take all necessary steps to prosecute those responsible, in line with the principle of complementarity.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecution of the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Office has been conducting investigations in: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur (Sudan), the Central African Republic (two separate investigations), Kenya, Libya, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Georgia. The Office is also conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Afghanistan, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Palestine, Nigeria, Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia, Ukraine and Burundi.

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Kolandana na mobulu ya mikolo oyo euti koleka na Kinshasa, na République Démocratique du Congo, mpe na misala oyo elobami ekoki kozala mbeba oyo CPI akosambisa; nazali kolobela bato banso na RDC, nazali kotala na miso gaa makambo ndenge ezali kolekana.

Nabeleli na baparti nyoso mpe na basali ya bacongolais nakimia mpe komikebisa, na koboya misala nyioso yako zokisa moto na ya kobebisa biloko.

Nazali kolobela basali ezala baoyo leta to baoya politiki, balobela bato nabango, basali na bango na balandi nabango basala moto ata moko te mabe. Maloba oyo eyebana malamu mpe motuna moko tee ezala, basala nyoso mpo ete mbeba esalama te.

Uta 2004, Bilo nanga ezali kosala malukiluki na RDC mpe mosala ezali kokoba. Nakozela eloko te mpo nakosala mosala soki bambeba oyo ezali na makoki ya CPI esalemi; nakosala nyoso oyo esengeli pona kofunda bato oyo bakomema mokumba ya mbeba engebene na mobeko ya kosunga bosembe. 

Na bosomi mpe bosembo, Bilo ya zuzi mofundi ezali kosala mosala ya kofungola dosie, ya malukaluki na ya mafundami mpo na mbeba ya genoside, mbeba ya bomoto na mbeba ya bitumba. Bilo ya zuzi mofundi esali kosala malukaliki na mboka Ouganda, RDC, Soudan (Darfour), République Centre Afrique (malukaluki mibale ekeseni), na Kenya, na Lybie, na Cote d'Ivoire, na Mali na mpe na Géorgie. Bilo ezali kosala mpe misala yakofungola dosie na makambo oyo etali mboka Afghanistan, Colombie, Guinée, Iraq/Royaume Uni, Palestine, Nigéria, Ukraine na Burundi.

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Maloba ya zunzi mufundi ya CPI, Fatou Bensouda, natina na mobulu oyo euti kosalama na RDC
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