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DRC: Outcry as indigenous people convicted for “wicked destruction of nature”
Eight members of the Batwa ethnic group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were on February 4 given heavy sentences for “wicked destruction of nature” in…
In Congo, braving fear to demand justice and reparation
Hundreds of victims are participating as civil parties in the trial of Fréderic Masudi Alimasi, known as “Koko di Koko”. This militia leader has been…
Week in Review: DRC, Ethiopia and crime of aggression,
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military court sitting in the little town of Kavumu struck a historic blow for transitional justice in a…
An outdoor trial with lawyers, military, civilians and the public standing around
In Congo, Mihonya trial shows link between environmental and war crimes
A former army captain who deserted to form a militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced on September 21 to life in…
Pygmy (Twa) child in the bush (DRC)
DRC: Indigenous Twa are freed but still landless
A Congolese military court has released seven members of the Twa ethnic group convicted for “wicked destruction of nature” after settling in a park in…
Sheka gets life in jail in landmark Congolese judgment
On 23 November, Congolese military justice sentenced former militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi, alias Sheka, to life for war crimes. This is a major success for…
Bled by armed groups, Congo’s Virunga Park wants justice
Armed groups that have been roaming eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for decades are known for killing and raping civilians. But they are also…
How can former warlords make peace in Ituri?
Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi’s new gamble came as a surprise. With two International Criminal Court convicts as leading figures, Thomas Lubanga and Germain Katanga, the…
DRC: Lubanga and Katanga freed for peace in Ituri
Two prisoners made famous by the International Criminal Court have both been freed from Makala prison in Kinshasa in the hope of bringing peace to…
Will Tshisekedi act against impunity for serious crimes in Congo?
One year after his inauguration, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi has not made any strong gesture against impunity for serious crimes, say civil society organizations. They…
DRC: Is there genocide in Ituri?
Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is expected on Thursday in the eastern Congolese province of Ituri. On January 10, the UN…
DRC: militia leader sentenced to life for crimes against humanity
After two months of trial, the verdict has been handed down. Militia leader Frederic Masudi Alimasi, aka “Koko di koko”, was sentenced to life imprisonment…
Bukavu awaits militia leader’s judgment in troubled region
The military court in Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, will on 12 November hand down its verdict in the trial of militia leader Frédéric…
New rape trial near victims in eastern DRC
A Congolese military tribunal has since early September been trying a militia leader and four militia members in local hearings for numerous acts of rape…
Congo: Rebel leader’s killing leaves justice wanting
Two weeks after Sylvestre Mudacumura’s brutal “neutralization” by the Congolese army, voices are being raised on behalf of people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo…
Ntaganda’s conviction, a sweeping win for the ICC Prosecutor
The conviction of Bosco Ntaganda, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on July 8 comes…
Arrest warrant for Congolese militia leader raises concern and suspicion
On June 7, the North Kivu Military Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant against rebel leader Shimirayi Mwisha Guidon, leader of an important militia group…
DRC: Victims of Kisangani’s “Six-Day War” urge Tshisekedi to act
Nineteen years ago, from 5 -10 June  2000, the town of Kisangani in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was the scene of fighting between…
Denis Mukwege’s interview: “Sacrificing justice for peace has brought neither”
This year’s joint Nobel Peace Prize winners, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, a survivor of Daesh sexual slavery in Iraq, today receive their…