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01 Apr 2016 description

March 28, 2016 by Charu Lata Hogg

The Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) should be fairly straightforward: the law bans the United States from providing military assistance or arms sales to governments that use children in combat. Simply put, if a country’s government uses child soldiers, it cannot receive military support from the United States.

Except several countries that use child soldiers do.

03 Sep 2015 description

The following commentary was written by Olivia Bueno of the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), in consultation with Congolese activists. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of IRRI or of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

01 Apr 2014 description

Il faut promulguer deux lois qui faciliteraient la tenue de procès pour crimes internationaux graves La République démocratique du Congo devrait adopter un avant-projet de loi relatif à la création de Chambres spécialisées mixtes chargées de juger les responsables d’atteintes graves aux droits humains, ont déclaré 146 organisations congolaises et internationales de défense des droits humains dans une déclaration conjointe publiée aujourd’hui.

12 Dec 2012 description

The Enough Project and a coalition of international NGOs call on President Obama to lead the response on the crisis in eastern Congo and to appoint a special Presidential Envoy to support peace efforts in the region.

Dear Mr. President:

29 Nov 2012 description

I was in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo last week when the M23 militia entered Goma, a major provincial capital. Since then, there have been reports of women and children being abducted by the rebels, a practice common throughout over a decade of civil war. The DRC—considered by the UN as the worst place in the world to be a woman—is yet again being subjected to war, violence, and neglect. Yet in very remote areas of the country, some glimmer of hope remains for a just and peaceful future.

21 Aug 2012 description

by Richard Lee

Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) took a momentous decision in Maputo over the weekend—to shut the doors of the SADC Tribunal, preventing the region’s citizens from seeking justice for human rights abuses.

The shocking decision, which was taken at the annual summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Maputo, not only left the tribunal in limbo but also rendered it completely toothless by denying individual access to the court.

25 Jun 2012 description

The eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] have been called the worst areas in the world to be a woman or child. For the past 15 years, women and girls in the region have suffered mass sexual violence on an unimaginable scale, perpetrated by the Congolese army, rebels, militias, and others. Impunity has been the rule, and simply finding courtrooms and judges is next to impossible beyond the provincial capitals.

17 May 2012 description

by Eleanor Kelly

On the release of the report The Democratic Republic of Congo: Taking a Stand on Security Sector Reform, I spoke to Marta Martinelli, a senior policy officer on Africa for the Open Society Foundations, on what the “security sector” actually looks like for people on the ground in the DRC, why these changes need to happen and what others are doing to either help or hinder this process.

16 Apr 2012 description

Une réforme militaire est nécessaire d’urgence

Un nouveau rapport appelle la communauté internationale à ne pas gaspiller les milliards de dollars d’aide alloués à la RDC

16 Apr 2012 description

April 2012

The international community and Congolese government must urgently agree upon a new deal to reform the Congolese military, according to this report by 13 leading international and Congolese civil society groups. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Taking a Stand on Security Sector Reform argues that the lack of political will to reform the security sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) risks not only billions of dollars of international aid but also the very stability of the country.

02 Mar 2012 description

by Kelly Askin

Kelly Askin has just returned from South Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where she witnessed the ongoing work of a mobile gender justice court that has been operating in the province with the support of the Open Society Foundations. Here's what she found:

27 Feb 2012 description

by Louise Olivier

This post originally appeared on the blog of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.

28 Apr 2011 description

by Chuck Sudetic

This series of dispatches chronicles the work of a mobile court in the town of Kamituga in eastern Congo, a region riven by conflict that has witnessed an appalling epidemic of rape and other sexual violence. The court, supported by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will try ten rape cases involving soldiers and policemen over the course of a two-week session.

20 Apr 2011 description

by Chuck Sudetic

This series of dispatches chronicles the work of a mobile court in the town of Kamituga in eastern Congo, a region riven by conflict that has witnessed an appalling epidemic of rape and other sexual violence. The court, supported by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will try ten rape cases involving soldiers and policemen over the course of a two-week session.

14 Apr 2011 description

This series of dispatches chronicles the work of a mobile court in the town of Kamituga in eastern Congo, a region riven by conflict that has witnessed an appalling epidemic of rape and other sexual violence. The court, supported by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will try ten rape cases involving soldiers and policemen over the next two weeks.

14 Apr 2011 description

by Chuck Sudetic

This series of dispatches chronicles the work of a mobile court in the town of Kamituga in eastern Congo, a region riven by conflict that has witnessed an appalling epidemic of rape and other sexual violence. The court, supported by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will try ten rape cases involving soldiers and policemen over the next two weeks.

12 Apr 2011 description
Letter to President Obama regarding US implementation of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008

Obama Administration Fails to Secure Progress in Key African Countries

(Washington, DC, April 12, 2011) – The Obama administration should make good on its pledge to work with recipients of US military assistance to end their use of child soldiers, four leading human rights and humanitarian organizations said in a letter to President Barack Obama released today.

08 Apr 2011 description

April 7, 2011 | by Kelly Askin The following originally appeared on CNN.com. The raw courage demonstrated by Eman al-Obeidy in persisting in telling her story of alleged repeated gang rape and torture in Libya is helping to change the dialogue in Libya and the Middle East about the use of sexual violence as a weapon of repression.