The Democratic Republic of Congo Must Adopt the Rome Statute Implementation Law

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Years have lapsed since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March 2002, but the DRC government has yet to meet its legal obligation to incorporate the statute into national law. Adopting such legislation is essential to ensure complementarity between domestic Congolese courts and the ICC and to strengthen the country’s legal system so it can end the ongoing cycle of impunity for the most egregious international crimes.