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- DRC: A Crisis the World Can No Longer Afford to Ignore
- UNHCR alarmed over reported atrocities in DR Congo’s Tanganyika province
- South Kivu: A spiralling humanitarian crisis
- Tales of terror from Congo’s Ituri province
- Aid still not Reaching Displaced People in one of the most Underfunded Crises: DR Congo
Experts say action now needed on other insurgent groups still active in the east.
By Stewart McCartney - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 373, 20 Nov 13
The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are triumphant at the defeat of the M23 rebel group, but analysts warn that other rebel groups will need to be subdued if peace is to be achieved in the east of the country.
By Mélanie Gouby - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 332, 15 Nov 12
As rebels operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo threaten further attacks unless the government agrees to negotiate, experts are warning that Kinshasa cannot afford to repeat the mistake of trying to pacify armed groups by integrating them into the national army.
ICC supports inclusive approach to reparations, but how wide can its reach be?
A landmark decision by the International Criminal Court, ICC, will see damages paid to the victims of convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Given the complexity of deciding who is eligible, judges have given considerable latitude to the body responsible to define how the reparations programme should work.
As arrest calls focus on militia leader Bosco Ntaganda, another major rebel commander is receiving far less attention.
By Blake Evans-Pritchard, Mélanie Gouby - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 323, 15 Jun 12
Pressure is mounting for the arrest of Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda, with the International Criminal Court, ICC, seeking new charges and President Joseph Kabila spelling out that he wants him captured.
Process of reintegrating rebel combatants will continue, but too little has been done to help victims.
By Moses Odokonyero, Simon Jennings
As a Ugandan law extending amnesty to former rebel fighters is renewed for a further two years, people in the war-torn north of the country say the conflict resolution process should be broadened to ensure compensation for victims.
Rights groups, meanwhile, are calling for changes to the law itself, to stop major war crimes perpetrators claiming amnesty and evading justice.
Former armed groups drafted into national force continue to follow their own agendas, denting hopes of long-term stability.
By Mélanie Gouby - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 313, 27 Jan 12
Recent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, have highlighted the continuing power struggles between former rebel groups integrated into the Congolese army, prompting concerns about future stability and the government’s lack of control over military units in the east of the country.
By Passy Mubalama - International Justice - ICC
31 Oct 11
“After you were raped in 2003 did you go see a doctor?” asked Nick Kaufman, the lawyer representing alleged Congolese warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba, detained in The Hague on charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity since 2008.
“No,” answered the witness from the Central African Republic, CAR, identified only by a number, 87.
“Why?” Kaufman asked.
“Because I had no money at that time to go to hospital to see a doctor,” the witness replied.
Radio report by IWPR Congolese trainee elicits help for thousands of civilians uprooted by fighting in eastern DRC.
By Mélanie Gouby - International Justice - ICC
18 Oct 11
The rain is pouring down and it is freezing cold under the crowded school awning. The displaced people who have been living there for nearly two months are sitting gazing into the approaching storm, with little else to do apart from keeping each other company.
Former forest dwellers in east of the country unable to revive traditional way of life.
By Espérance Nzigire - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 302, 12 Sep 11
As many of those uprooted by the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, return to their villages, pygmy people who have long lived in the region’s forests are struggling to rebuild their lives.
Efforts to defeat feared group run into trouble as regional governments fail to address threat.
By Barrett Holmes Pitner - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 300, 17 Aug 11
Amid concerns that efforts to flush out Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA, are flagging, the international community is facing stark challenges to defeat the rebels as they continue to wreak havoc in the region.
Campaigners say court has improved its record on prosecuting gender-based violence but obstacles to justice remain.
By Passy Mubalama, Espérance Nzigire - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 300, 8 Aug 11
While progress has been made by the International Criminal Court, ICC, in The Hague in the prosecution of sexual violence crimes, the court’s prosecutors continue to struggle to collect the necessary evidence to secure convictions, experts say.
La peur des représailles et du déshonneur social décourage les employées de dénoncer les cas de harcèlement sexuel.
By Rehema Kabuo
Des inquiétudes ont été soulevées quant à la réticence des femmes dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo à poursuivre les hommes qui les soumettent au harcèlement sexuel sur leur lieu de travail.
Fear of retribution and social disgrace discourages female workers reporting sexual harassment. By Rehema Kabuo - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 300, 19 Jul 11 Concerns have been raised over the reluctance of women in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to pursue sexual harassment cases against men who abuse them in the workplace.
Experts say the problem stems from both women’s reluctance to speak out on the issue and the difficulties in proving cases. And with perpetrators not being prosecuted, the number of offences is growing, they warn.
By IWPR trainee - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 298, 11 Jun 11
I could finally write the kind of article I’d wanted to write for a very long time: that Congo can do well if it wants to. It is just a matter of will. For the first time, I was given hope that if there is good will, justice can be done. I was proud to be Congolese.
Judiciary accused of taking bribes to order property transfers.
By Héritier Maila, Godlieve Uwimana - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 298, 10 Jun 11
Ownership disputes in Lubumbashi in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are frequently decided by judges taking a bribe from the highest bidder, according to local residents and officials.
By IWPR - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 297, 2 Jun 11
Ten IWPR trainee reporters from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, participated in an innovative journalism training session in Goma organised in partnership with Voices of Africa Media Foundation, VOAMF, in May.
The training event provided the participants with the skills to produce their own videos using mobile phones. They learnt to shoot and edit them directly on the devices, enabling them to produce videos independently and at minimal costs.
IWPR producer returns to Goma to extend the reach of human rights programme and work with reporters on a new multimedia website.
By IWPR - International Justice - ICC
4 May 11
Following the completion of internships for two Congolese journalists in The Hague, the producer of IWPR’s radio programme in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, has returned to the region to spearhead upcoming developments in the project.
Many are held as sex-slaves and if they escape are rejected by their families.
Joséphine, from Masisi in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, says that she chose to join the National Congress for the Defence of the People, CNDP, militia in order to escape a marriage that was being forced upon her by her parents.
"I joined the CNDP to avoid revenge from [the man that was to be] my husband," Joséphine said. Her parents had wanted her to marry a widowed man when she was just 16.
Emphasis on training female journalists helps highlight sexual violence and other human rights abuses in east of country.
By IWPR - International Justice - ICC
In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a region still affected by sexual violence and conflict, IWPR is empowering female journalists to report professionally on issues concerning women’s rights and justice.
Expert witness says rape was used during the conflict in CAR as a weapon of war. By Wairagala Wakabi - International Justice - ICC ACR Issue 296, 19 Apr 11
A doctor from the Central African Republic, CAR, who has treated hundreds of women allegedly raped by Jean-Pierre Bemba’s soldiers during 2002 and 2003 told the International Criminal Court, ICC, last week that some of them were infected with HIV during their ordeals.
André Tabo, a psychiatrist and medical professor at a university in the CAR, testified for the prosecution as an expert witness.