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More Victim Participation in the Bemba Trail

The article details the judges approval for another 777 victims to participate in the trail of Jean-Pierre Bemba. This trail currently has the highest number of victims participating in an ICC trial – 4,898 victims. The mass number of victims the court is recognizing makes it interesting to think about the role of the ICC in regards to victims’ rights; moreover,  the ICC has an incredibly difficult job of dealing with the mass number of applications. The number of victims for the Bemba case is telling about the extent of the crimes. Additionally, the number of victims is much larger for the trail of Bemba than that of Lubanga, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Is this a sign of change of directions due to the new head prosecutor?


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