Democratic Republic of the Congo
Practice Relating to Rule 161. International Cooperation in Criminal Proceedings
Section E. Cooperation with international criminal tribunals
In 2004, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo referred the situation of crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1 July 2002 to the International Criminal Court.
In 2007, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Democratic Republic of the Congo stated:
The Government’s commitment to ending conscription of children in armed groups also finds expression in the fact that it has initiated within the country, or in cooperation with the International Criminal Court, judicial proceedings against the perpetrators of those acts, as in the case of Thomas Lubanga, against whom charges were confirmed on January, 2007 in The Hague.