War Crimes Rewards Program (WCRP) Expansion
Office of the Spokesperson
April 3, 2013
On January 15, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012, P.L. 112-283, expanding the authority for the War Crimes Rewards Program (WCRP). Under this program the Department of State offers rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction of fugitives such as Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The bill expanding the program, which received bipartisan support, was sponsored by then-Senator John Kerry and was the final piece of legislation he passed as a Senator. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp formally announced the new WCRP designations today at the Department of State, stating, “We act so that there can be justice for the innocent men, women, and children who have been subjected to mass murder, rape, amputation, enslavement, and other atrocities. With this program we also send a message to others who may perpetrate such crimes: ‘there will be the means to bring you to account.’”
Details about the WCRP are as follows:
- Under the WCRP, the Secretary of State offers rewards up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction of designated foreign nationals accused of crimes against humanity, genocide, or war crimes by any international, mixed, or hybrid criminal tribunal.
- The list of Rewards subjects includes LRA leaders Joseph Kony, Okot Odhiambo, and Dominic Ongwen as well as Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) leader Sylvestre Mudacumura. The nine fugitives from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)—Felicien Kabuga, Protais Mpiranya, Augustin Bizimana, Fulgence Kayishema, Pheneas Munyarugarama, Aloys Ndimbati, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, Charles Ryandikayo, and Charles Sikubwabo—are also on the WCRP list.
- Designated individuals themselves are ineligible to receive rewards, as are U.S. and foreign government officials, including military and police, if the information is furnished while in the performance of official duties.
- Tips regarding any individual designated by the WCRP can be submitted confidentially at the WCRP website: www.state.gov/warcrimesrewards, from the United States via the toll-free telephone number 1-800-877-3927, or overseas by contacting a local U.S. embassy.
- The U.S. Government will ensure complete confidentiality to individuals who provide information on war criminals, and, if participation in the program entails significant risk to the individuals, will consider additional protective measures.
For further information, please contact Rachel M. Sturm at SturmRM@state.gov or (202) 647-5201, or visit www.state.gov/warcrimesrewards.
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