Some relevant aspects of the first ICC's judgment on reparations vis-à-vis International Human Rights Law

Autor:Tathiana Flores Acuña
Cargo:International Consultant and Human Rights Advocate. Ph.D. in International Humanitarian Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, M.Sc. in International Humanitarian Law, University of Seville, Spain
Páginas:43-57
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This article aims to analyze the principles on reparations for victims of heinous crimes under interna-tional human rights law vis-à-vis the first decision on reparations by the International Criminal Court. The study is based in the case the Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who was found guilty, on 14 March 2012, of the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting of children under the age of 15... (ver resumen completo)

 
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Edición Especial, Diciembre 2015.
Some relevant aspects of the first ICC’s judgment on reparations vis-à-vis
International Human Rights Law
Tathiana Flores Acuña*
“In honouring the victims’ right to benefit from remedies and reparation,
the international community keeps faith with the plight of victims,
survivors and future human generations”**
Abstract
This article aims to analyze the principles on reparations for victims of heinous crimes under interna-
tional human rights law vis-à-vis the first decision on reparations by the International Criminal Court.
The study is based in the case the Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who was found guilty, on 14
March 2012, of the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting of children under the age of 15 years and
using them to participate actively in hostilities. On August 7, 2012, Trial Chamber I issued a decision
on the principles and the process to be implemented for reparations to victims in the case. This is the
first time that an international criminal tribunal issues a decision on reparations for the benefit of the
victims of such crimes.
Resumen
El presente artículo analiza los principios que rigen el sistema de reparaciones de las víctimas de los
crímenes más crueles y atroces bajo el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y su aplica-
ción en la primera decisión de reparaciones de la Corte Penal Internacional. Este estudio está basado
en el caso del Fiscal c. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, que fue declarado culpable el 14 de marzo de 2012 de
cometer los crímenes de alistar y reclutar niños menores de 15 años para participar activamente en las
hostilidades. El 7 de agosto de 2012 la Sala de Primera Instancia I adoptó la decisión sobre los princi-
pios y el proceso de implementación de reparaciones de las víctimas del caso. Esta es la primera vez
que un tribunal internacional adopta una decisión sobre reparaciones en beneficio de las víctimas de
los crímenes bajo su jurisdicción.
*International Consultant and Human Rights Advocate . Ph.D. in International Humanitarian Law, European University
Institute, Florence, Italy, M.Sc. in International Humanitarian Law, University of Seville, Spain. Dr. Flores Acuña worked,
amongst others, as Trust Fund Liaison Officer and as Reparations’ Coordinator at the Victims Participation and Repar a-
tions Section (VPRS) of the Registry, International Criminal Court. She has also wo rked as Regional Legal Adviser of the
International Committee of t he Red Cross for Mexico, Central American and the C aribbean and in the Legal Depart ment
at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
**See Preamble of the Reso lution approving the adoption of the United Nations Basic Pr inciples and Guidelines on the
Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Viola-
tions of International Humanitarian Law, A/RES/60/147, 21 March 2006, para. 3, hereinafter UN Basic Principles.

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