In a Press Release dated August 17, a group of 30 human rights's organizations request the authorities "to modify the draft law's articles prescribing the death penalty as the only applicable punishment".
According to Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, international justice advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, "The legislation holds great promise, but the death penalty provision should be amended or the court risks becoming an instrument of execution."
"The mixed court can give victims hope that they will finally see justice for the vicious cycle of unpunished violence that has plagued Congo for decades", she added.
European Union and several other states including the United States and the Netherlands have already said that they would provide for financial support.
© Hirondelle News Agency