The rule of law and international law must protect everyone everywhere and in particular those who are most vulnerable to police brutality and other forms of unofficial power abuse.
The International Criminal Court has just rendered its first criminal conviction against warlord Thomas Lubanga for using child soldiers. Lubanga is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This short film takes us inside the problem of child soldiers as well as inside the workings of the International Criminal Court.
The film makes clear that even as the rule of law mandates perpetrators of crimes be held accountable regardless how powerful they may be (the end of "impunity" for those who happen to enjoy political, social or economic power) so too must the rights of criminal defendants be protected with utmost vigilance.
Fourteen other cases are currently pending before the International Criminal Court. Lubanga faces life in prison.
The International Criminal Court is based in international treaty. It has no independent police force and relies on participant countries to enforce arrest warrants and execution of sentences.