I chose to look at the situation involving the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the violence that has gone on there for many years now. Use of rape, torture, child soldiers, and forced displacement as well as mass murder are all among the activities being investigated. These charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity are mostly found in the Eastern DRC in the Ituri region and the North and South Kivu Provinces. Although there have been reports of these crimes since the 1990’s the investigation did not start until July of 2004 and their jurisdiction only goes back to 2002. Because the DRC ratified the Rome Statute in April of 2002 the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over crimes that have taken place since July 1, 2002. Even though countries should be given the right to control their inner conflicts once it becomes an ongoing problem I believe that outside help needed. The list of crimes includes using children under the age of 15 in hostilities, the attack, murder and rape of civilians, torture, pillaging, cruel treatment, and displacing civilians and had been happening for over a decade before the ICC was able to get involved. Crimes like these that include mass murder and cruelty, if not handled properly, could lead to even more violence and maybe even at some point genocide. Because the report date back so far and the violence has not been controlled, I believe the ICC should have jurisdiction over the investigation and the prosecution.