À l’attention des Représentants permanents des États Membres et Observateurs du Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies
Genève, le 16 août 2016
Madame, Monsieur l'Ambassadeur,
We, the undersigned Civil Society Organisations in Africa and the Diaspora working in all five geographical regions of the continent, met on 20 and 21 January 2010, in our CSO Consultation for the Year of Peace and Security in Africa, to consider peace and security issues that our leaders will deliberate upon in the upcoming 14th Ordinary African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government.
London, UK/Lubumbashi, DRC (17 July 2007): Four Congolese and international nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) today published a new report documenting serious flaws and irregularities in the trial of nine Congolese soldiers for war crimes, and three employees of Anvil Mining for complicity in war crimes, committed in Kilwa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The trial, held before a military court, ended on 28 June 2007 with the acquittal of all the defendants on war crimes charges in relation to events in Kilwa.(1) Despite their importance, the proceedings have gone largely …
October 2004 - July 2007
I. THE KILWA INCIDENT
II. THE INVESTIGATION: DENIAL, DELAY AND INTIMIDATION
III. THE TRIAL: REPLACEMENT OF MILITARY PROSECUTOR AND FURTHER DELAYS
IV. THE KILWA HEARINGS: PRESSURE ON WITNESSES AND ABSENCE OF THE VICTIMS' LAWYERS
V. CLOSING STAGES OF THE KILWA TRIAL