Information for victims
Published on 22 June 2021
Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani ("Mr Said") was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 24 January 2020 on account of an ICC warrant of arrest issued under seal on 7 January 2019. A redacted version of the Arrest Warrant was made public on 17 February 2021. The initial appearance of Mr Said before the ICC took place on place on 28 and 29 January 2021.
The opening of the confirmation of charges hearing against Mr. Said is scheduled provisionally for 5 October 2021.
The Victims Participation and Reparations Section ("VPRS") of the Registry is responsible for assisting victims in the process of applying for participation in proceedings, and reparations in case of a conviction. It also assists victims and the Chamber in finding an appropriate legal representation of victims during the proceedings.
On 16 April 2021, the Chamber issued a decision establishing the principles applicable to victims' applications for participation in the case; by which, inter alia, it approved the participation and reparations joint form, already used in the Yekatom and Ngaïssona case, for the purpose of applying for participation and/or reparations.
There are two forms that victims can use, according to their situation: one form is for individuals, and the other is for organisations (nota bene: according to rule 85(b) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, organisations that may participate in proceedings before the ICC are organisations or institutions whose property dedicated to certain purposes - religion, education, art, science or charitable and humanitarian purposes, or historic monuments or hospitals - has been harmed as a result of ICC crimes).
The application forms for participation in the proceedings and/or reparations for individuals in PDF version are available for download below in English, French and Sango. The application form for participation in the proceedings and/or reparations for organizations is available for download below in English and French.
The VPRS has also issued guidelines on how to fill in the forms; these are available for download below, alongside the relevant participation/reparation forms.
If you are interested in applying, please contact the VPRS at [email protected] for beforehand. The form for participation in the proceedings and/or reparations should be filled with the assistance of persons who have been specially trained by the VPRS, to ensure that the forms are properly filled and that all the information necessary at this stage is provided.
When filling the form:
- Please read carefully the guidance available for download below. This is essential to ensuring that the form is complete, that all the required supporting documentation is provided and that the application can be considered.
- If possible, please fill the form in French, English or Sango and be as specific and concise as you can.
- Completed forms together with copies of supporting documentation are to be sent to VPRS at the postal address below:
International Criminal Court
Victims Participation and Reparations Section
PO Box 19519
2500 CM, The Hague
- Victims may also send their application form for participation and/or reparations and related supporting documentation to the following email address: [email protected]
Application Form for Individuals (PDF)
Application Form for Individuals (fillable PDF)
Application Form for Organizations (PDF)
Application Form for Organizations (fillable PDF)
Please note that the purpose of the application form for participation in the proceedings and for reparations is NOT to provide evidence. The collection of evidence is not within the mandate of the VPRS, but that of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). The OTP generally receives any relevant information that may be considered as evidence relating to crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC at: [email protected], at any time.
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The Single Judge found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Said, in his position as commander and top-ranking Seleka based at the OCRB ("Office Central de Répression du Banditisme") from at least 12 April 2013 until OCRB's closure on 22 August 2013; and as operations commander for the CEDAD ("Comité Extraordinaire pour la Défense des Acquis Démocratiques") is responsible for the commission of the following crimes, committed between at least 12 April and at least 22 August 2013 in the OCRB, and between at least 22 August and at least 27 November 2013 in the CEDAD detention centres in Bangui ( See Arrest Warrant ):
- crimes against humanity, committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population, namely :
- imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty (article 7(1)(e) of the Statute),
- torture (article 7(1)(f) of the Statute),
- persecution (article 7(1)(h) of the Statute) ;
- enforced disappearance (in the CEDAD detention center) ; and
- other inhumane acts (article 7(1)(k) of the Statute); and
- war crimes, committed in the context of and associated with an armed conflict not of an international character, namely
- torture and cruel treatment (article 8(2)(c)(i) of the Statute).
Victims of these alleged crimes have the right to participate in the confirmation of charges proceedings by putting their views and concerns to the Judges when their interests are affected. Victims' participation normally happens through a legal representative.
Please contact the Victims Participation and Reparations Section ("VPRS") at [email protected] if you believe you are a victim of the crimes outlined in the above-mentioned arrest warrant and wish to participate in the proceedings or request reparations related to this case.
If you are interested in the process because you are able to assist victims when applying to participate in proceedings, please get in touch with us. The VPRS will explain how the ICC works and the rights that victims have before the ICC, including how victims can engage in the process.
The participation of victims in proceedings is voluntary and the process of applying - including all relevant application forms and information materials - is free of charge.
Who is a victim?
Victims are given a distinct voice in the proceedings that is independent from the one of the Prosecutor. Their role is different from the role of the Prosecutor, they participate of their own right (see article 68(3) of the Rome Statute)., they participate of their own right (see article 68(3) of the Rome Statute). Their voice in the courtroom will help the Judges to obtain a clear picture of what happened to the victims, how they suffered and how certain issues at stake affect their interests. It is important to be aware, however, that putting forward views and concerns will not always result in the ICC following the wishes of victims. In taking their decisions, the Judges will be balancing different interests and concerns, including the right of the defence to a fair trial.
For the purposes of participation in ICC proceedings, the ICC recognizes the following categories of victims (see also rule 85 of the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence):
Individual persons who have suffered harm as a result of one of the ICC crimes. Individual victims should apply by completing the application form for participation for individuals which will be available on this website in due course.
- Individual victims may include men, women, victims of sexual violence, children, persons with disabilities, or elderly persons. An individual victim can also be a person who suffered indirect harm as a result of a crime targeted at another person (direct victim), such as a family member of someone who has been killed.
Organizations or institutions, when their property dedicated to certain purposes (religion, education, art, science or charitable and humanitarian purposes, or historic monuments or hospitals) is directly harmed as a result of one of the crimes outlined in the arrest warrant. Organizations and institutions should apply for participation by using the application form for participation for organizations which should be available on this website as soon as it will be accepted by the relevant Chamber. Only duly authorized representatives of an organization or institution may complete the application form.
It is important to know that victimsʹ participation in proceedings is entirely different from a victim's possible role as a witness called to testify before the ICC by the Prosecution, the Defence, or the victims' Legal Representative. Any relevant information that could be used as evidence relating to a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC can be sent at any time to the Office of the Prosecutor at: [email protected]
How to apply for participation and or reparations?
The VPRS is the section within the Registry that informs victims of their rights relating to participation and reparations at the ICC, and enables them to submit applications to the ICC if they wish to participate in proceedings or request reparations in case of a conviction of the accused.
Victims' access to the ICC for the purpose of their participation in the proceedings will be facilitated through standard application forms and the VPRS will assist in how to fill them out. Application forms and relevant guidelines will be available on this website in due course.
The VPRS may also assist in organizing victims' legal representation.
Contact us at [email protected]