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UK welcomes ICC judgment in Lubanga case

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Baroness Anelay welcomes the ICC Appeals Chamber judgment upholding the verdict and sentencing decisions in the case of Thomas Lubanga.

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said:

I welcome the judgment of 1 December by the International Criminal Court’s Appeals Chamber in the Lubanga case. The verdict is a powerful reminder that those who commit war crimes will be held accountable for their actions. The UK urges all States to continue the fight against impunity by helping to bring to justice those who commit grave crimes threatening the peace, security and well-being of local communities, in particular women and children.

The judgment also marks an important milestone for the International Criminal Court: the first ever final judgment from the Appeals Chamber. The UK will continue to support the ICC as it works to tackle impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and strives to deliver justice to the victims of the most horrific atrocities.

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