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Speaker: Shirambere Philippe Tunamsifu

Title: The right to justice

Subtitle: A challenge for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conference: 24th World Congress of Political Science (July 23-28, 2016)

Session: Panel: Transitional Justice and Peace Processes

Place: Poznań, Poland

Date: July 2016

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | African History: Congolese History | Types: Wartime Rape / First Congo War, Second Congo War



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Abstract:

»In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), since 1996, conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls particularly has been a sad reality, even though those crimes are prohibited by international humanitarian law and criminalised by international and domestic criminal laws.
When such violations occur, the perpetrators must be brought to justice. However, survivors face many challenges in holding perpetrators accountable, such as fear of speaking out due to cultural prohibitions, stigmatisation and fear of reprisals and rejection. The judiciary also faces challenges, including insufficient budget, lack of a competent court of law dealing with crimes of sexual violence in the rural areas, poor equipment and lack of education on crimes of sexual violence.
In order to improve this situation, this research argues that it is urgent that the Congolese government establish competent courts of law dealing with crimes of sexual violence in rural areas and ensure that officers of the judicial police are well trained, well remunerated and equipped to conduct investigations. Survivors should be adequately informed, encouraged and be aware that breaking the silence is an effective way to eradicate rape and other forms of sexual violence. Local communities should also be made aware and sensitised so that they do not reject survivors because unknown or undesirable people have abused them.« (Source: Conference Website)

Publication: Tunamsifu, Shirambere P. »The right of justice: A challenge for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.« African Human Rights Law Journal 15 (2015): 473-495. – Bibliography: Info

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: First Congo War, Second Congo War