48AnHour (Campaign for Save The Congo)

Campaign Outline

 

 

THIS IS THE STORY OF THE DEADLIEST WAR since Adolph Hitler's armies marched across Europe – a war that has not ended. But is also the story of a trail of blood that leads directly to you: to your remote control, to your mobile phone, to your laptop and to your diamond necklace.

 

Johann Hari, Journalist, The Independent

Extract taken from The Independent: “Congo’s tragedy: the war the world forgot

May 2006

 

 

WHEN WAR BROKE OUT, 35 patients in my hospital in Lemera in eastern DR Congo were killed in their beds. I fled to Bukavu, 100km (60 miles) to the north, and started a hospital made from tents. I built a maternity ward with an operating theatre. In 1998, everything was destroyed again. So, I started all over again in 1999. It was that year that our first rape victim was brought into the hospital. After being raped, bullets had been fired into her genitals and thighs. I thought that was a barbaric act of war, but the real shock came three months later. Forty-five women came to us with the same story. Other women came to us with burns. They said that after they had been raped chemicals had been poured on their genitals.

Dr. Denis Mukwege, Panzi Hospital, Eastern Congo

Extract taken from BBC: “Denis Mukwege: The rape surgeon of DR Congo”

February 2013

 

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN remained a dominant feature of the conflict in eastern Congo. Women (there) are still not safe, under their own roofs, in their own beds, when night falls. The eastern part of the country has been labelled the rape capital of the world. Our aim must be to uphold international law, so that women – even in the war-torn corners of the world – can sleep under the cover of justice,

 

Margot Wallstrom, UN Special Representative on Sexual violence in Conflict

Extract taken from her speech to the UN Security Council

2011

 

 

THE WARS IN CONGO have claimed nearly the same number of lives as having a 9/11 every single day for 360 days, the genocide that struck Rwanda in 1994, the ethnic cleansing that overwhelmed Bosnia in the mid-1990s, the genocide that took place in Darfur, the number of people killed in the great tsunami that struck Asia in 2004, and the number of people who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- all combined and then doubled.

 

Vava Tampa – Founder, Save the Congo!

Extract taken from CNN Op-Ed: “Why the World is Ignoring Congo War”

November, 2012

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

 This paper outlines the focus of Save the Congo’s #48AnHour campaign, a social advocacy and mobilisation initiative dedicated to engaging parliamentarians, religious leaders, student–led organisations and people from all walks of life, online and offline to amplify and contribute towards UN Secretary General’s system–wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women; V–Day’ One Billion Rise campaign and Foreign Secretary William Hague’s campaign to end sexual violence in conflict. We aim to create a greater awareness of, and mobilise public actions to strengthen local and international policies and initiatives that aims to prevent the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo – which the UN has labelled as ‘the rape capital of the world’, as well as to better protect Congolese women at risk – with their families and communities – and prosecute those most responsible for deploying the rape as a weapon of war.

 

#48AnHour has been built and formulated through extensive reflections on past and local and international policies and initiatives focussed on tackling the use of rape as weapon of war in Congo. The following pages outline our thinking, strategies, aims and objectives. Comments, suggestion or questions pertaining to this report are invited and should be forwarded to: Vava Tampa, Save the Congo HQ, 19 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NT, United Kingdom, or via email to Vava@SavetheCongo.org.uk or twitter: @SavetheCongo

 

  1. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM

 For over a decade and a half, Congo has been the scene of the bloodiest and deadliest wars in the world since World War Two; and rape has been tactically used by foreign and local warlords and militia groups in and outside the Congolese army on an industrial scale to humiliate groups or communities considered as ethnically or political opponents, to uproot and drive out groups or communities from rich mining or strategic areas, to subjugate and silence groups or communities perceived as voiceful, or to terrorize groups or communities into submission.

 

  • Between 1998 and 2008, an est. 5.4 million died in the wars and humanitarian crisis in that country; and an est. 45, 000 continue to die each month due to conflict, diseases and famine.

  • UN has labelled Congo as the rape capital of the world; an est. 1, 100 women are raped every day; 48 every hour[...] one every minute;

  • Some 1.5 million Congolese have been uprooted from their home; and are still languishing in internally displaced camps across the country [...] and displacement continues due to conflict;

  • The UN has deployed 18, 000 peacekeepers in Congo, the largest in the world but even with 90% of them deployed to three of Congo’s most troubled region: North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri, their task amount to patrolling an area the size of Demark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta and Andora combined –– with around twenty hostile and disgruntled rebel groups;

  • Though grievances might have been the spark that triggered the fighting that continues to consume Congo, the struggle for control of Congo’s easily appropriable but highly valuable minerals has become the driving force of the wars.

 

  1. THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS

     

 The wars and human tragedy which continue to engulf the Congo has many fathers and many layers. From our perspective, however, Congo’s biggest problem today – the common denominator to all that continue to go wrong in that country in-spite of the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world, large sums of money given in direct budgetary support and humanitarian assistance and a marathon of over ten peace deals with dozens more regional summit and conference on restoring peace in Congo – is the crisis of governance and legitimacy in Kinshasa. Rwanda’s Paul Kagame’ continued support to warlords and militia groups tyrannising Congo’s eastern population for access to Congo’s easily appropriable but highly valuable natural resources is a symptom of this crisis, albeit one that cannot be ignored.

 

This crisis manifest itself in four humanitarian fronts which we call the 4Is – Impunity, Insecurity, Institutional failure and the International trade of conflict minerals – which also fuels, sustains and enables the use of rape as a weapon of war as well as the killing and mass displacement of the Congolese people. In short, and in the shortest term, to end the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo and the humanitarian crisis that accompanies it, major aid donors to the Kabila government and to countries implicated in this conflict need to work simultaneously on those four intertwined fronts. This lobbying campaign will focus largely on two of those four fronts (1) tackling insecurity and (2) addressing international impunity, the glue the binds together the criminal network behind the ills and wrongs that continue to engulf the Congo.

 

  1. WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE

 2002 — HRW publishes a 114-page report "The War Within the War", which is based on searing accounts and interviews with victims, witnesses, and officials, details, for the first time, the widespread use of rape and other forms of sexual violence with impunity by soldiers of the Rwandan army and its Congolese ally, the Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD) to subdue and control large swaths of rich mining areas in the Rwandan-occupied areas of eastern Congo. The report found evidences of how combatants raped women and girls during military operations to punish the local civilian population for allegedly supporting the "enemy." In other cases, Mai Mai rebels, who opposed Rwanda’s invasion of Congo, and other armed groups also abducted women and girls and forced them to provide sexual services and domestic labour, sometimes for periods of more than a year.

2005 — Ms. magazine published an article, “Not Women Anymore…,” in which journalist Stephanie Nolen interviewed a gynecologist who treats rape victims. He explains that militias have trademark methods of attack. Rwandan soldiers tend to gang rape. Burundian forces rape men along with women. The Mai Mai mutilates victims, raping them with branches or bayonets.

2008 — Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa Jackson produced a documentary, “The Greatest Silence,” after spending a year in the war zones of eastern Congo in 2006, during which she documented the tragic situation and the tragic plight of Congolese women and girls caught in the middle of that country’s brutal and intractable conflict – which they did not create, and cannot control. Also, according to UNFPA, between January and June 2008, 6693 new cases were reported through health centres, and 9758 cases for 2007. This indicates a countrywide increase of 25 per cent in 2008, despite slight improvements in the security situation;

2010 — UN Special Representative on Warzone Rape, Mary Wallström, declared Congo the “Rape Capital of the World” after a UN report on rape placed the number of women raped in 2009 at 15,000 women had been raped in eastern Congo.  

2011 — A study by the American Journal of Public Health concludes that over 400 000 women and young girls between the ages of 15 and 49 were raped in a twelve-month period in 2006 and 2007, a time when many experts referred to the country as “post conflict” or being “relatively stable.”

 

  1. HOW DOES IT AFFECT PEOPLE

  • Warzone rape has had a profound, and life-changing physical and psychological health consequences which permeate every aspect of the victims’ lives; and almost every community has been touched by sexual violence. The victims range from grandmothers to babies and include both men and boys. 

  • Physically documented symptoms of sexual violence include lesions and scars on the body, tears in the vagina and anus, rectal and vaginal fistulas leading to chronic incontinence, dysfunction of the hip and legs, the contraction of numerous sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, and unplanned pregnancies. Whilst frequently observed psychological effects include intense feelings of worthlessness and shame, guilt and culpability, social isolation aggravated by family and community rejection, depression, paranoia, and apathy. Often victims are left by their husbands, separated from their children, and reluctant to engage in normal daily activities.

  • When rape results in unwanted pregnancy, victims may seek out unsafe practices to terminate their pregnancy, potentially placing their health and lives at risk. Whilst children born of rape, and their mothers, are also highly vulnerable, and can face a heightened risk of exclusion from the community.

  • Some of the injuries inflected on women and young girls so badly that they are unable to bear children. Since 1999, more than 15,000 victims of rape, some suffering from obstetric fistula, have been treated at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu.

  • To be stigmatised, or a victim of stigma, means that you are looked down upon by other members of your family or community. This is closely connected to culture and tradition, where members of the culture are socialised in certain directions - shaping their room for manoeuvre

  • It enables the spread of HIV AIDS and other infections and diseases; a recent epidemiological study found that there is “insufficient evidence” that HIV transmission increases either during conflict or in refugee populations.

  • It destroys Congo’s social fabrics by tearing apart families as well as by displacing communities from rich mining or strategic areas;

 

  1. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RAPE?

 Foreign and local warlords and militia groups in and outside the Congolese army and political establishment

 

  1. A HUMAN EXAMPLE

 In 2011, Save the Congo teamed up with filmmakers Black Jack and Dark Fibre to tell a story of Masika, a forty years old business woman from eastern Congo in a six minute short film. Masika’s family were broken into when their village was raided by a militia group; her husband was mutilated and murdered, her daughters gang raped and Masika herself was first forced to eat her husband's dismembered penis and then she was raped over twenty times on top of her husband’s mutilated body. She was left unconscious, developed fistula because of the rape and her both daughters fell pregnant out of the rape. You can “Unwatchable – Rape in the Congo” on Save the Congo’s YouTube channel.

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL STANCE

  • The Statute of the International Criminal Court includes rape and some other forms of sexual violence in the list of war crimes and in the list of acts that constitute crimes against humanity when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population. Rape and other forms of sexual violence may also constitute other international crimes. Rape would typically constitute torture, for instance, when it is intentionally inflicted by a State official in order to obtain confessions from the victim. Sexual violence can also constitute an act of genocide, for instance when it is an imposed measure intended to prevent births within the group, through for instance sexual mutilation or sterilization. 

  • UN Security Council resolutions 1820 (2008) which explicitly links sexual violence with the maintenance of international peace and security; 1756 (2009); and 1794 (2010), which urges the Government of the DRC to end violence and bring the perpetrators, as well as the senior commanders under whom they serve, to justice, call on the international community, MONUC (now MONUSCO) in particular, and the Congolese Government to take steps towards the establishment and implementation of a legal framework to bring perpetrators to justice and allow survivors access to justice;

  • UN Security Council resolutions 1674 (2006)—(…) reaffirms also its condemnation in the strongest terms of all acts of violence or abuse committed against civilians in situations of armed conflict in violation of applicable international obligations with respect in particular to (i) torture and other prohibited treatment, (ii) gender-based and sexual violence, (iii), violence against children, (iv) the recruitment and use of child soldiers, (v) trafficking in humans, (vi) forced displacement, and (vii) the intentional denial of humanitarian assistance, and demands that all parties put an end to such practices (para. 5);

  • UN Security Council resolutions 1794 (2007)—(…) encourages MONUC (now MONUSCO) to give priority to the protection of civilians in decisions, and requests MONUC ―to undertake a thorough review (…and) to pursue a comprehensive mission-wide strategy (…) in collaboration with the UN Country Team and other partners, to strengthen prevention, protection and response to sexual violence (paras. 5 and 18);

  • UN Security Council resolutions 1856 (2008)—(…) requests MONUC, in view of the scale and severity of sexual violence committed especially by armed elements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to strengthen its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence, including through training for the Congolese security forces in accordance with its mandate, and to regularly report, including in a separate annex if necessary, on actions taken in this regard, including data on instances of sexual violence and trend analyses of the problem…

 

 

  1. TARGET AUDIENCES

  • Britain’s Foreign Secretary: Rt. Hon. William Hague, MP – as well as Foreign Secretary from the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council,

  • Opinion makers (i.e. religious leaders and prominent media personalities),

  • Policy makers and political representatives (i.e. diplomats, ambassadors and parliamentarians), and

  • Users of Social Medias (Twitter, YouTube and Facebook).

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  1. CAMPAIGN AIM

  • Defines the problem to enable the public to understand what is going on and what is at stake if the problem is neglected. Accordingly, we will run an intensified public campaign, on and offline, that both disseminates the campaign message and facts

  • Identify and demonstrate to key targeted audience that there are concrete, constructive steps that they can take to abate the situation. Consequently, we will (1) launch a petition to galvanise public action; (2) mobilise parliamentarians into action; (3) rally religious leaders to push for action; (4) identify and promote ambassadors and patrons (those who have a reason to care and who are ready for change) to champion the cause; and (5) provide strategic, technical and policy advice to create pressure on fatigued officials to act

 

  1. CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

  • TO CREATE A GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS about the use of rape as weapon of war in Congo as an international issue; and

 

Poetry and Spoken Words

This campaign action will be carried out in partnership with Poetical TV. Our objective is to help engage audience of all ages, spread awareness and elevate youthful voices in the quest to help end warzone rape. The action will feature stirring and thought provoking poetry and spoken word performance–turned–into–mini documentary to help raise awareness of #48AnHour and mobilise public opinion and actions to tackle the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo.

 

Electronic posters

This campaign action will be run in partnership with InKivu, an Italian pressure group using images to raise awareness of the wars engulfing the Congo. The campaign, which aims to target a youthful audience and those more in tune with social network and the internet, will use graphically shaped pictures with dynamic message or statistics in a brighter manner than conventional posters to help capture the wars in Congo and educate the public on the scale of the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo.

 

A Champion’s Appeal

This campaign action will be carried out in partnership with Central Media Group. It aims to appeal for public action to tackle impunity for warzone rape in Congo through Parliamentarians, religious leaders and opinion leaders (Save the Congo Champions). The appeal will be a two min video speaking on why they care about what is going on in Congo (sharing statistics and facts) as well as what they are doing to help mobilise political pressure in Westminster.

 

The 1100 Candle Rally

This is an innovative public demonstration with a lectern and speakers but there will be no one taking part; instead speakers with addressing their remarks to candles, 1100 candles precisely to represent the estimated 1100 women and young girls who are being raped everyday in Congo. Our objective is to help raise awareness of the scale of the crisis in Congo as well as to mobilise actions to tackle impunity for warzone rape in Congo.

 

Get Cross – Stop the Rape Now

Stop the Rape Now is a UN-led initiative aimed at mobilising public opinion to end sexual violence. It involves leading figures taking a picture with the arm crossed (shoulder level). What we intend to do is to ask 48 MPs and Peers to take part in a ‘Get Cross’ family photo outside Parliament to mark the launch of #48AnHour; and after this we’d ask conferences of Reform Rabbinate, Anglican and Catholics bishop to take similar family photo in solidarity with Congolese women.

 

Podcast on warzone rape

Our podcasting program aims to produce audio and video content as a series on the wars engulfing the Congo and the correlation between impunity and warzone rape in Congo to help educate the public and raise awareness of the situation in that country. The recorded material on our website as well as those of our friends from which it can be downloaded onto portable MP3 devices and listened to at a later time.

 

Screening relevant films

This campaign initiative aims relevant films to raise awareness of the wars engulfing the Congo; and to do this we would utilise our network to take a lead to take a lead on attracting the not-so-knowledgeable on wars engulfing the Congo on our behalf and Save the Congo will provide the logistics.

 

Warzone Tweestival

This campaign aims to experiment with the campaign’s hash-tag to tract discussion and use Twitter’s 140-character format to bring new, serialized information, stories and statistics in small chunks to attention-divided audiences – culminating to a live tweet. Our strategy is to partner up with individuals and NGOs on Twitter to reach a broad audience discussing Congo or the use of rape as a weapon of war

 

 

  • TO MOBILISE PUBLIC ACTIONS to strengthen local and international policies and initiatives that aims to prevent the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo, as well as to better protect Congolese women at risk – with their families and communities – and to prosecute those most responsible for deploying the rape as a weapon of war in Congo.

 

Petition

Launch “48AnHour” petition on our website with the objective of securing one million signatures. This petition will be run in parallel with a parliamentary motion to ensure that Congo is on the agenda in Westminster.

 

Parliamentary Motion

This will enable us to publicise the use of rape as a weapon of war in Parliament as well as to enable MPs to put on record their opinion on a subject, canvass support for it from fellow MPs, and, finally, to demonstrate the extent of support among MPs for actions to end impunity for warzone rape in Congo.

 

Roundtable on Rape in Congo

This will provide interested parties (i.e. parliamentarians, religious leaders, students and others) an opportunity to get together in an informal setting to share key insight, examine the scale of the crisis and explore route on ending the use of rape in Congo and agree on key items that each will lead on or take action in days or weeks to come.

 

Writing to FCO Minister

This campaign action will call upon parliamentarians, religious leaders to write to the Foreign Secretary and Minister for Africa to urge them to redouble their efforts and build support at the UNSC for actions to end impunity for warzone rape in Congo.

 

National Weekend of Prayers & Actions for Congo

This initiative aims to mobilise religious institutions, faith–based communities and civil society across Britain and elsewhere to join together to create a common international voice for justice, and to mobilise their followers for a weekend of prayers, advocacy and social actions in solidarity with the Congolese people and for peace in the Great Lakes region. The theme of this year’s weekend of prayers and actions is ‘Use Your Voice’.

 

Airtime in Parliament

This campaign initiative aims to ensure that our recommendations and the situation in Congo informs and stimulates debate in parliament (through PMQ, Urgent Question, Ministerial Statement or Backbench/Lords Debate) for an answers by the relevant Minister.

 

A parliamentary and a religious delegation to the Minister

As another means to deepen dialogue with policy makers on the situation in Congo, we would attempt to lead a delegation of parliamentarians and religious leaders to see the Minister for a dialogue on the latest development on the ground, Britain’s principled position and recommendations on helping tackle impunity for warzone rape and ultimately to ending the wars which continue to engulf the Congo.

 

Touring Embassies

This part of the campaign aims to visit 12 London–based embassies whose countries are scheduled to take the presidencies of the UNSC as well as countries to take leadership of key international institutions (i.e. G8, EU, AU, SADC and others) to set out our aspirations and recommendation for actions on tackling impunity for warzone rape in Congo.

 

Policy Memo

Policy Memo will deliver clear, succinct and timely recommendations and priorities on talking impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war in Congo as well as current discrepancies between current rhetoric and situation on ground for policymakers, at the AU, EU and UN.

 

A panel discussion on impunity and rape in Congo

This will provide an opportunity for those interested on the situation engulfing the Congo to learn from several people knowledgeable about the warzone rape in Congo. For the audience, this will be an opportunity to deepen, clarify or evaluate their understanding or position on the situation being discussed and for StC this will provide an opportunity to communicate our views and recommendation and, if possible, recruit volunteers and activists.

 

  1. POWER ANALYSIS

 

 

CAMPAIGN PARTNERS

 

 

POTENTIAL PARTNERS

 

POTENTIAL OBSTACLE

 

 

  • InKivu

  • Poetical TV

  • Central Media

 

 

  • MONUSCO

  • Liberal & Reform Judaism

  • Congo’s Catholic Church

  • UK’s Catholic Church

  • Anglican Church

  • OHCHR Joint Human Rights Office in the Congo

  • Human Rights Watch

  • The International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict

  • UNiTE to End Violence against Women

  • SAY NO – UniTE to End Violence against Women

  •  the Global UNiTE Youth Forum 

  •  The White Ribbon Campaign

  • V–Day’s One Billion Rise

  • City of Joy, Bukavu

  • East Congo Initiative

  • Tear Fund

  • Peace One Day

  • Women for Women

  • UN Country Team‘s Thematic Sub-group on Sexual Violence

  • Dfid, Central Africa Team

  • APPG on the Great Lakes

  • Bar Association/Society of Lawyers/Society of Black Lawyers

  • Common Cause

  • Panzi Hospital Foundation

  • Heal Africa

  • Prayer for Peace in the Congo

  • Congo Calling

  • Friends of the Congo

  • Les Heritiers de la Justice

 

 

  • Lack of political will on the part of the government

  • Worsening of the wars and human tragedy on the ground

  • Government in Kinshasa, Kampala or Kigali

  1. CAMPAIGN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POLICY MAKERS — PREVENT, PROTECT & PROSECUTE

 

  • PREVENT Empower Women to Seek Redress and Be Agents of Change

 

  • Support and empower Congolese women to shake the current status quo and to play a central role in shaping Congo’s future;

  • Increase individuals and institutional capacity of Congolese women and Congolese–led project ( by enhancing training for women, medical staffs, lawyers and judges as well as the Congolese army and police force – this could be done through collaboration with international partner experts; and should include providing logistical support (i.e. bicycles, telephone units etc) to paralegals in rural areas) in order to prevent and improve response to the use of rape as a weapon war; to strengthen data collection and administration of evidence as well as delivery of services for victims and to address gender imbalance in Congo;

  • Strengthen protection and access to justice (i.e. establishing across Congo “Legal Aid Centres” where paralegal volunteers will provide free legal advisory and mediation services at the community level; and “Legal Aid Network” where Legal Aid Centres can refer cases needing further legal assistance to lawyers from the Legal Network, who with the support of MONUSCO, UNDP and EU Human Rights Office in Congo other international human rights agencies (such as HRW), provide free technical and legal advice and representation on ‘key agreed issues’)

  • Ensure that the final outcome of the EU–consultation on conflict minerals is mandatory, based on the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance, apply to all segments in the supply chain and focus on gold and the 3T's (tungsten, tantalum and tin) but that may be extended to any natural resource funding conflict;

  • Mandate the OHCHR, together with the UN Secretary General, to commission another UN Mapping Exercise to document all gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws in Congo between 2003 and 2013 and take stock of the ability of existing justice mechanisms to deal with these violations.

 

  • PROTECT Improve Congo’s Security Sector & End Support To Armed Groups

 

  • Cut off the ability of Kigali (and to a lesser extent: Kampala) to sustain wars and conflicts in Congo’s eastern region; and sanction Kinshasa’s link with FDLR and other armed groups;

  • Renew the mandate of the MONUSCO’s Intervention Brigade to neutralise (in collaboration with the Congolese army) all foreign and local negative forces in Congo, starting with the FDLR

  • A root and branch reform of Congo’s political establishment with the objective of addressing the crisis of governance and legitimacy in Kinshasa;

  • Assist in providing rape and war victim access to comprehensive health care, including anti-viral drugs, HIVAIDS testing facilities and psychosocial and social support. This is incredibly essential in the acute phase and over the long term.

  • Provide adequate assistance, in terms of financial resources, equipment and training with the objective of vetting and training and reforming Congo’ security sector; educate the Congolese army, police force and the judiciary about preventing and prosecuting warzone rape, and ensuring that soldiers, particularly those deployed in hot zones, are fed and paid; and

 

  • PROSECUTE End International Impunity for Warzone Rape

 

  • Ensure that all UN Sanctioned individuals and other high profile individuals alleged to have deployed rape as a weapon of war or committed crimes of international concern are held accountable for their deeds locally or at The Hague;

  • A comprehensive and coordinated policies to develop and improve the impartiality and capability of the Congolese justice system including assisting prison and justice reform, improving victims’ assistance, training justice sector staff and renovating court and prison buildings;

  • Establish specialized mixed chambers, with a fast track procedure to prosecute and bring those most responsible to justice, including senior members of the political and military establishments, to trial gross violation of international humanitarian law and human rights law documented in the UN Mapping Exercise, 1993 – 2003.

 

 

 

ABOUT SAVE THE CONGO

Save the Congo! (Charity no. 1145012) was established in 2008 to help raise awareness of the wars and human tragedy engulfing the Congo as well as ills and wrongs that gives rise to wars, dispute and conflicts that have gripped the Congo and the great lakes region for over a decade. We receive no funding from any government. We are independent, international in our outlook, and participatory in our approach. All of our staffs are volunteers and all of our actions and initiatives are funded by ourselves and donations from good-willed individuals.

 

 

OUR TEAM

Denise Kongo

Rabbi Colin Eimer

Dr. Maria Misra

Billie Mcternan*

Paul Rusesabagina

Adam Hochschild

Mike Pongo

Tim Butcher

Prof. G. Nzongola-Ntalanja

Vivi Kala

Rabbi David Mitchell

Lewis Brooks

Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lilian Dangi

Gasandji Rêver

Vava Tampa

Lisette Mibo

Eddie Kadi

 

 

FOR ALL INQUIRIES

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19 Hoxton Square www.savethecongo.org.uk

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